SSL

What is Suggested State Legislation?
Suggested State Legislation (SSL) is a valued series of compilations of draft legislation about topics of current importance to states. CSG publishes SSL drafts in annual SSL volumes. The program does not seek to influence the enactment of state legislation, but to compile draft legislation so states can learn from the experience of others.
Legislation submitted to the SSL program is first evaluated by CSG policy experts against the SSL criteria. This legislation is then split into docket books for consideration by the Committee on Suggested State Legislation. The SSL Committee meets at least twice each year to consider submitted legislation for inclusion in the following year's SSL volume.
The SSL Committee typically reviews approximately 80 pieces of legislation per meeting, voting to include an average of 30 to 40 bills per SSL volume.
 
Who can submit legislation to SSL dockets?
State officials and their staff, CSG Associates and CSG staff can submit legislation to the SSL Program. The SSL Committee also considers legislation from other sources, but only when that legislation is submitted through a state official.
 
How do I submit legislation from my state?     
If the legislation meets the criteria for consideration, follow these instructions for submission. In order to facilitate the selection and review process on any submitted legislation, it is particularly helpful to include information about the status of the legislation, enumeration of other states with similar provisions, and any summaries or analyses of the legislation. Submissions to any SSL docket should be sent to CSG at least eight weeks in advance of any scheduled SSL meeting in order to be considered for the docket of that meeting. Submissions received after this will typically be held for a later meeting. Anyone desiring an exception to this policy must contact the SSL committee leadership and will be responsible for preparing and distributing to the SSL committee any materials that are related to the docket submission in question.
 
How is legislation chosen for SSL volumes?
Legislation submitted to the SSL program is first evaluated by CSG policy experts against the SSL criteria. This legislation is then split into docket books for consideration by the Committee on Suggested State Legislation. The committee votes to reject, include or defer all pieces of legislation on the dockets during three separate meetings per year. Legislation that has been chosen for inclusion is then highlighted in the next volume of Suggested State Legislation.
The Committee on Suggested State Legislation meets at least two times each year to consider submitted legislation for inclusion in the following year's SSL volume. The SSL Committee typically reviews approximately 80 pieces of legislation per meeting, voting to include an average of 30 to 40 bills per SSL volume. Learn more about CSG committees here.