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STATE OFFICIALS SLATED TO MEET WITH CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS

 STATE OFFICIALS SLATED TO MEET WITH CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS
 ATLANTA, Ga., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) will gather for a day-long meeting with members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. on April 29. The meeting, titled the Second Annual Southern Legislative Summit, is jointly sponsored by the SLC and the Congressional Sunbelt Caucus and will examine the impact of federal mandates on the Sunbelt region.
 The 1990s have continued to witness a significant increase in federal mandates and budgetary retrenchment influencing how state governments must implement federal decisions. While states may have previously been in a more solid fiscal position, that is no longer the case. Many states have undertaken severe cutbacks in order to balance their budgets. Many cities also face an unprecedented fiscal crisis, some even bankruptcy. As state and local lawmakers watch their budgets collapse, one of the most debated issues in state capitols and city halls is federal mandates.
 The Second Annual Southern Legislative Summit will emphasize environmental and health care mandates. The sessions will focus on the reauthorization of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Medicaid. Both the state and Congressional perspectives will be presented by members of the sponsoring organizations to give a general overview of the "common ground" and significant differences between each of these entities of government. A briefing report also will be provided for participants.
 The purpose of the meeting is to promote understanding and initiate dialogue between leaders in the 15-member states of the SLC and the 17-member states of the Congressional Sunbelt Caucus. By addressing this important issue, it is hoped that consensus on possible remedies can be reached.
 Established in 1947, the SLC is a non-partisan organization for state legislators from throughout the South. The SLC is one of four regional conferences operating within the family of The Council of State Governments, a national organization which has served as the voice of state government for almost 60 years.
 Formed in 1981, the Congressional Sunbelt Caucus is a Bi-partisan coalition of 150 members of the U.S. House of Representatives from 17 Southern and Southwestern states.
 SECOND LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT ON FEDERAL MANDATES
 Sponsored by: Southern Legislative Conference
 and
 Congressional Sunbelt Caucus
 April 29, 1992
 AGENDA
 8:30 am - 10:30 am
 Mansfield Room, Senate Side of the Capitol
 - Overview of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
 - State Perspective: Representative Melvin "Kip" Holden,
 Louisiana
 - Federal Perspective
 - Open Dialogue
 10:30 am - 11:30 am
 Session Wrap-up
 Break
 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
 Informal Luncheon: Congressional members and SLC members and
 guests (location to be announced)
 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
 Break
 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
 House Ways & Means Committee Room #137 in the Capitol
 - Overview of Medicaid/Medicare
 - State Perspective: Senator Chet Brooks, Texas
 Delegate Virginia Thomas, Maryland
 - Federal Perspective
 - Open Dialogue
 Adjournment
 -0- 4/21/92
 /CONTACT: Colleen Cousineau, Executive Director, Southern Legislative Conference, 404-266-1271/ CO: Southern Legislative Conference; The Council of State Governments ST: Georgia IN: SU:


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