By Associated Press - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lexington will still host the 70th annual meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference next year, just one week earlier than previously announced.

The Kentucky Legislative Research Commission said in a news release that the meeting will take place July 9 to 13 so as to avoid possible conflicts with the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The Southern Legislative Conference is part of the Council on State Governments and brings together state lawmakers from across the South to share ideas. State and local officials estimate the event will attract 1,500 people and pump an additional $2 million into the local economy.

Kentucky Republican state Senate President Robert Stivers and Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo are the co-chairmen of the events’ host committee. Stivers will begin serving a one-year term as the group’s chairman next summer.

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