State House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) was recently elected to serve as chair-elect of the Council of State Governments Southern Office (CSG South).

As chair-elect, Ledbetter will assist the incoming chair, West Virginia Senate President Craig Blair. He will also chair the 79th annual Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) meeting in Alabama in 2025.

Alabama most recently hosted the SLC meeting in 2013 in Mobile. The meeting is expected to attract 1,500 attendees from CSG member states.

"I am proud to welcome legislators, government staff and their guests from across the Southern region to Alabama and showcase our state's unparalleled southern charm and hospitality," Ledbetter said. "The purpose of this meeting is to provide Southern state lawmakers with the opportunity to work together to create more effective public policy so that we may better serve our home states."

CSG South provides policy research and analysis, leadership development, and government staff training for state members. CSG South aims to "promote and strengthen cooperation between its 15 member states."

The nonpartisan organization serves the southern legislatures of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Policy issues for CSG South include agriculture, corrections and public safety, economic development, education, energy, fiscal policy, health, rural development, and more.  

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