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Guidelines for the Introduction, Consideration and Disposition of Proposed Policy Positions of the The Council of State Governments Southern Office at SLC Annual Meetings

Members of CSG South may wish to articulate specific positions, endorse specific policy practices, or comment on specific federal actions as they relate to the states. Such actions are permitted by the Rules of the Council of State Governments Southern Office and by these guidelines as maintained by the CSG South Executive Committee.

CSG South Policy Positions reflect a regional consensus not found in other parts of the country and give CSG South a voice in Washington and elsewhere on many issues of both regional and national urgency. Unless otherwise stipulated, all Policy Positions adopted by the Conference sunset the first day of the following Annual Meeting.

Introduction, Consideration, and Disposition of Proposed Policy Positions

  • Only legislator members of the Conference may submit a proposed policy position. 
  • Proposed policy positions must address a single topic and be received by the Conference’s regional director not less than 21 calendar days prior to the first day of the Annual Meeting. 
  • Proposed policy positions are assigned and disseminated to one of the Conference’s standing committees for review and action during the Annual Meeting.
  • Each of the Conference’s six standing committees may adopt one policy position during the Annual Meeting, unless permission to adopt more than one policy position is granted by the Executive Committee.
  • Legislator sponsor(s) of a proposed policy position, or their designated legislator proxy, must be present to support the proposed policy position when it is considered by the standing committee. 
  • If approved by a Conference standing committee, the standing committee chair, or their designated legislator proxy, presents the policy position to the Executive Committee at the final Executive Committee session.

Proposed Policy Positions Criteria

Proposed Policy Positions should:

  • Have a regional and/or national focus;
  • Address a timely and pressing issue that affects a majority of CSG South member states;
  • Be directed toward Congress, the administration, federal courts, or state agencies and/or officials;
  • Be in response to pending or potential state or federal action;
  • Promote state sovereignty and protect the role of the states in our federal system; and
  • Take into consideration the actions and/or policies of other state and local government associations.

Required Format for Proposed Policy Positions

Proposed Policy Positions submitted for consideration by CSG South must contain the following information:

  • Background information and/or legislative history of the issue addressed by the proposed Policy Position.
  • Recommendation(s) detailing the primary points raised by the proposed Policy Position, directions for action on federal or state level, and instructions on intended recipients for communication of the proposed Policy Position.

Proposed Policy Positions also should follow the general formatting guidelines of:

  • Font: 11-point Times New Roman
  • Paragraph line spacing: 1.1 lines
  • Page margins: top 1” left 1” right 1” bottom 0.5”
  • Each proposed Policy Position must identify the legislative sponsor. This should be done on the bottom of the last page in 10-point Times New Roman.
  • Background and Recommendation(s) section headers must be CAPITALIZED.
  • Recommendation(s) must begin with identification of the organization as “The Council of State Governments Southern Office.”
  • Final paragraph of Recommendation(s) section must identify recipients in the same format as previously adopted Policy Positions.

Please see previously adopted CSG South Policy Positions for clear examples of appropriate formatting for proposed Policy Positions.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | July 12, 2022

REGARDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A 5% TO START ACT FOR A RIGHT TO START

REGARDING YOGA EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN THE SOUTH

Nashville, Tennessee | July 13, 2021

REGARDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONALLY LICENSED OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE TRAILS RESOLUTION

St. Louis, Missouri | July 22, 2018

REGARDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INTERSTATE COMPACT TO ALLOW TRANSPORTATION OF HEMP AMONG THE STATES

Lexington, Kentucky | July 12, 2016

REGARDING SUPPORT FOR BIPARTISAN EFFORTS IN CONGRESS TO ENCOURAGE DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED NUCLEAR POWER REACTORS

SUPPORTING THE DEPLOYMENT OF ADVANCED, INNOVATIVE ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION TECHNOLOGY

ENCOURAGING RESOURCE CONSERVATION, PRESERVATION AND RECOVERY OF COAL COMBUSTION PRODUCTS (CCPs)

SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED CARBON EMISSION REDUCTION TECHNOLOGIES FOR POWER GENERATION

REGARDING THE CUMULATIVE IMPACTS OF FUTURE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) REGULATIONS

Savannah, Georgia | July 20, 2015

REGARDING TRANSPORTATION OF FREIGHT BY RAIL

IN SUPPORT OF THE STATE AUTHORIZATION RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT (SARA)

REGARDING UPDATING NET METERING POLICIES

REGARDING STATE IMPLEMENTATION PLANS FOR THE PROPOSED CLEAN POWER PLAN

REGARDING THE RETENTION OF THE CURRENT AIR QUALITY STANDARD

Little Rock, Arkansas | July 29, 2014

REGARDING CARBON CAPTURE AND ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY

REGARDING FEDERAL SURFACE TRANSPORTATION REAUTHORIZATION

REGARDING LAST-DOLLAR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS FOR COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGES

REGARDING STATE CONCERNS OVER THE EPA’S PROPOSED CO2 EMISSION STANDARDS

REGARDING STATE FLEXIBILITY FOR CARBON DIOXIDE REDUCTIONS

REGARDING THE DESIGNATION OF A CRITICAL HABITAT FOR THREATENED OR ENDANGERED SPECIES

REGARDING THE EPA’S PROPOSAL TO REGULATE CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS FROM EXISTING FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS

REGARDING THE EPA’S PROPOSED CO2 STANDARDS

REGARDING THE EPA’S RECOGNITION OF THE PRIMACY OF STATE REGULATION OF CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS FROM EXISTING POWER PLANTS BY RECOGNIZING STATE-DEVELOPED STANDARDS

REGARDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PERFORMANCE STANDARDS BY STATES

Mobile, Alabama | July 30, 2013

CONCERNING FEDERAL TRANSPARENCY ON STATE MEDICAID PAYMENT ERROR RATE MEASUREMENT (PERM)

CONCERNING U.S. EPA PROPOSED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION STANDARDS FOR NEW FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS

ENCOURAGING THE SOUTHERN UNITED STATES-SOUTH KOREAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL

RELATING TO THE 2013 FARM BILL

Charleston, West Virginia | August 01, 2012

COMBATTING PRESCRIPTION DRUG TRAFFICKING AND ABUSE

REGARDING SALES TAX COLLECTIONS AND E-COMMERCE TRANSACTIONS IN SOUTHERN STATES

REGARDING THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE GRANT PROGRAM FOR SOUTHERN STATES

REGARDING THE IMPACT OF MEDICAID FRAUD ON SOUTHERN STATES

REGARDING THE PANAMA CANAL EXPANSION AND ITS IMPACT ON SOUTHERN LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE (SLC) STATES

REGARDING THE REAUTHORIZATION OF THE FARM BILL

URGING CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION REGARDING USED NUCLEAR FUEL DISPOSAL

Memphis, Tennessee | August 01, 2011

COMBATTING PRESCRIPTION DRUG TRAFFICKING AND ABUSE

REGARDING THE IMPACT OF EPA REGULATIONS ON SOUTHERN STATES

SUPPORTING ADVANCED ACCESS TO HMAP FUNDING

SUPPORTING CONTINUED NUCLEAR ENERGY PROJECT FINANCING AT OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY

Charleston, South Carolina | August 01, 2010

COMBATING COASTAL EROSION

In Memoriam United States Senator Robert C. Byrd, West Virginia 

In Recognition of Mississippi’s Fit 4 Change Program 

REAUTHORIZATION OF THE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT

UNIFORM MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTERS ACT (UMOVA)