MLC fosters regional collaboration, exchange of ideas among legislators
A principal objective of CSG Midwest is to support the efforts of the Midwestern Legislative Conference (MLC), a regional association of legislators representing 11 Midwestern states and four Canadian provinces.
The purpose of the MLC is to foster cooperation among the region's policymakers through the consideration of common problems, the exchange of information and ideas, the sharing of knowledge, and the pursuit of collaborative efforts to improve state government.
All 1,550 state legislators from the Midwest, as well as lawmakers representing the affiliated Canadian province, are eligible to participate in MLC activities.
Elected leaders of the MLC: Four-member officer team for 2017
The MLC's four officers are elected during the group's Annual Meeting each summer and serve one-year terms during the following calendar year. In addition to these four officers, the MLC is governed by a bipartisan Executive Committee made up of legislators from each of the Midwest’s 11 states.
Chair Sen. Janet Petersen Iowa
First Vice Chair
Sen. Cliff Hite
Second Vice Chair
Rep. Elgie Siims
Immediate Past Chair
Rep. Joan Ballweg
MLC committees on public policy and leadership
The MLC supports five standing policy committees that provide a forum for Midwestern state lawmakers to work together on issues of importance to this region. These interstate policy development groups provide valuable opportunities for the sharing of information and exchange of ideas among policymakers in the Midwest. The committees work to identify multi-state and regional solutions to some of today's most complex problems. In 2015-2016, the Midwestern Legislative Conference has supported the following policy committees:
CSG Midwest has also launched the Under the Dome initiative, which reflects a commitment to bring more in-state training to the region's state legislators. With help and guidance from legislative leadership in individual states, Under the Dome delivers customized training to lawmakers inside their state capitols — for example, briefings covering important policy areas and workshops focused on professional development and consensus building.
The Mission of CSG
and CSG Midwest
The Council of State Governments is the nation's only nonpartisan association of state officials serving all three branches of government in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. CSG is a regionally-based, national organization that promotes excellence in state government. CSG fosters the interstate exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy, and it offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships. CSG Midwest focuses on meeting the needs of state policymakers and leaders in the nation's heartland, including 11 Midwestern states.