Since its inception, NBCSL has met annually in a pre-determined host state for its Annual Legislative Conference.  Throughout the year, NBCSL sponsors policy symposia to keep members abreast of growing policy trends and educated on policy issues that affect NBCSL’s constituents. When legislators attend the Annual Legislative Conference, policy committees meet and discuss policy resolutions, drawing upon information presented in the symposia, that are voted up or down by the membership. These resolutions become the policy position of the organization. Legislators, corporate partners, and labor representatives take these policy resolutions and use them to influence public policy in state legislatures and on Capitol Hill.
The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) is a membership association representing more than 700 black state legislators from 47 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. NBCSL members represent more than 50 million Americans of various racial backgrounds. NBCSL monitors federal and state activity and provides this information to its members through policy symposiums and conferences. Each year, NBCSL members pass policy resolutions that directly impact federal and state policy. The organization focuses on issues that directly impact US domestic policy and is committed to policies that positively affect all Americans.
The primary mission of the NBCSL is to develop, conduct, and promote educational, research, and training programs designed to enhance the effectiveness of its members, as they consider legislation and issues of public policy which impact, either directly or indirectly, upon the general welfare of African American constituents within their respective jurisdictions.
The NBCSL has adopted the following fundamental objectives:
To serve as a national network and clearinghouse for the discussion, dissemination and exchange of ideas and information among African American state legislators and their staffs;
To provide research, training and educational services to African American state legislators and their staffs.
To improve the effectiveness and quality of African American state legislators; and
To serve as a strong, united and effective advocate for African American state legislators and their constituencies at the federal level.
NBCSL Policy Committees
Committee on Agriculture
Committee on Business, Finance, & Insurance
Committee on Emergency Preparedness / Homeland Security
Committee on Education
Committee on Energy, Transportation, & Environment
Committee on Gaming, Sports, & Entertainment
Committee on Health & Human Services
Committee on Housing
Committee on International Affairs
Committee on Labor, Military, & Veterans' Affairs
Committee on Law, Justice, & Ethics
Committee on Telecommunications, Science, & Technology