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Policies Passed at the 2010 NCSL Legislative Summi

Standing Committee Policies Adopted at the 2010 NCSL Legislative Summit, July 25 - 28, Louisville, Kentucky
 

Agriculture and Energy Committee

Algaculture Regulation: This is a new policy that states that USDA should regulate algal biofuels.

Animal Identification: This is an existing policy scheduled to sunset. This policy reflects the recent USDA decision to scrap the National Animal ID System (NAIS) and establish a different system for tracking livestock. It reiterates NCSL concerns how any animal ID system would be implemented. 

Interstate Sale of State-Inspected Meat & Poultry:This is an existing policy scheduled to sunset. This policy has been altered to note the 2008 Farm Bill provision establishing a system for interstate sale of state-inspected meat, and requests flexibility in regulations implementing this provision. 

National Agriculture Policy: This is an existing policy scheduled to sunset. This is our basic policy addressing federal agriculture policy and issues of coordination and federalism. 

Renewable Energy Standard: This is a new policy for consideration, which was submitted for consideration at last year’s Legislative Summit in Philadelphia. Due to time constraints and quorum issues, the policy has not been taken up by the committee for a vote since that time. The policy deals with the issues of concern for states should Congress choose to move forward with a federal renewable energy standard. 

Rural Policy: This is an existing policy scheduled to sunset. This policy sets out our concerns for rural areas across the U.S. 

USDA Inspection of Horse Meat: This is a new policy in whichNCSL opposes restrictions on federal funds being used to pay the salaries of USDA inspectors to inspect horse meat and restrictions that do not allow a fee-based inspection of horse meat.

* See all polices of the Agriculture and Energy Committee
 

Budgets and Revenue Committee

Federal Grants and Programs:This is an existing policy in which NCSL urges the federal government to maintain its existing financial commitments to state-federal partnership programs, and furthermore not attempt to accomplish national goals through unfunded mandates on state and local governments. 

Fiscal Federalism:This is an existing policy where NCSL encourages Congress and the administration to work with state and local governments to preserve the fiscal viability and sovereignty of states. 

Government Tax Preparation & Electronic Filling:This is an existing policy in which NCSL strongly recommends that Congress act to support the Free File program and reject any proposal that would convert the current voluntary compliance tax system into a government-provided bill presentment tax system. 

Implementation of Health Reform (Action Resolution):This is a new action calendar resolution that makes a declarative statement emphasizing the importance of collaboration between the federal government and states in the process of implementing the health reform law, and that the provision of resources and funding is equally important to the success of this endeavor. Includes a statement urging the importance of the extension of the enhanced FMAP. 

Maintaining a Balanced Federal Budget:This is an existing policy in which NCSL calls on Congress and the President to eliminate the federal budget deficit.  NCSL is concerned by the federal governments habit of responding to budget problems by shifting costs to states, limiting state flexibility and intruding on state revenue systems. 

NCSL Calls Upon the Federal Government to Meet Its Responsibilities to the States:This is an existing policy in which NCSL urges the federal government to make good on its commitments to fund obligations it has placed upon states and make this commitment a priority and not the last in making decisions on federal spending. 

State Legislators’ Tax Issues: This is an existing policy in which NCSL supports the standard deduction allowed state legislators under section 162 (h) of the Internal Revenue Code.  

* See all Policies of the Budgets and Revenue Committee
 

Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee  

National Conference of State Legislature Opposes the State Video Tax Fairness Act (Action Resolution); This resolution opposes federal legislation that would prohibit states from applying tax neutral taxing regimes to video services.

Natural Disaster Mitigation and Insurance: This is a new policy that calls for a national commission to determine what action is necessary to support and enhance the ability of existing state insurance and insurance mechanisms to cope with catastrophic natural disasters. 

NCSL Opposes Federal Contactless Technology Mandates for State Issued Identification Documents (Action Resolution):Resolution opposes any federal mandate that would require certain technology be imbedded in state documents for purposes of tracking individuals.

NCSL Supports Federal VoIP Communications Sourcing (Action Resolution):Resolution calls for the introduction and consideration of legislation that would establish a national framework for states to be able to source VoIP calls for the purpose of collecting taxes and ending needless litigation."

Resolution in Opposition to the National Insurance Consumer Protection Act (Action Resolution):Opposes congressional legislation that would establish an optional federal insurance charter.  

State Sovereignty in Financial Services:Reaffirms support for states’ ability to regulate banks, insurance, credit unions and securities. 

Support of Public Private Partnerships to Increase Broadband Internet Adoption and Use (Action Resolution):This resolution calls upon the federal government to ensure broadband grants through ARRA be used to ensure that sufficient funds are allocated towards broadband awareness, adoption, use, and digital literacy programs.

The Internet and Electronic Commerce:This addresses several related questions concerning Internet privacy, governance, network neutrality, gambling and electronic commerce.

Spectrum Management: Calls on Congress not to diminish the spectrum that has been promised to state and local public safety uses and opposes the auction of the D-Block spectrum. 

* See all policies of the Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee
 

Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce/Budgets and Revenue (Joint Committee Policies)

National Conference of State Legislatures Supports and Urges Enactment of the Main Street Fairness Act (Action Resolution): Resolution supports the enactment of the Main Street Fairness Act which when enacted would give states that comply with the Streamlined Sales & Use Tax Agreement the authority to require out of state sellers to collect those states’ sales taxes, closing a $23 billion loss for states.


Education/Labor and Economic Development

Common Academic Standards: This is an expiring policy that is being updated to reflect that recent activity around common standards.  This includes the release of the Common Core Standards by NGA and CCSSO as well as proposals to make the adoption of the Common Core a requirement for receipt of Title I funding under ESEA reauthorization. 

The Federal Role in Career and Technical Education: This is a new policy that both the Education Committee and Labor and Economic Development Committee have had in this past that expired because of lack of federal activity.  With the focus on job creation both committees felt it was time to revisit the issue. 

* See all policies of the Education Committee
* See all policies of the Labor and Economic Development Commitee 

Environment

Clean Diesel: This is a current policy that is not up for renewal this year however staff has been approached regarding current efforts to reauthorize the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) whose activities are supported by the policy. Staff edits add language making it clear that NCSL supports reauthorization of DERA. 

Environmental Federalism: This is an existing policy scheduled to sunset. This policy is our foundation policy for the state-federal partnership in environmental regulation. 

National Water Resources Policy: This is the current policy scheduled to sunset that covers issues around water management including issues such as allocation, day-to-day use, water conservation of and management of seasonal or intermittent water resources. Discusses the nature of the balance between state and federal policy and the need for coordination amongst multiple federal agencies. 

Native American Water and Fishing Rights: This is an existing policy scheduled to sunset, which discusses issues of concern when there are conflicting claims to water and fishing resources between tribes and non-native American users. The policy discusses methods for resolution of such claims and relevant activities or involvement for state, tribal and federal government. 

Oil Spill Prevention, Response and Cleanup: This policy is scheduled to sunset this year but the committee took it up prior to the current situation in the Gulf of Mexico. Since staff has been told to expect a proposed amendment concerning the federal liability cap we are recommending the committee again consider the policy in lieu of the current version that is on the Consent Calendar from the December meeting. Staff is also recommending additional language be added to the policy to urge the federal government to streamline approval of state remediation efforts in times of crisis such as the current situation in the Gulf. 

Water Quality:This is an existing policy scheduled to sunset that addresses issues and funding concerns related to activities tied to clean water, drinking water and ground water resources. 

Water Use in Energy Production: This is a new policy to address the withdrawal and consumption of water associated with energy production and its impact on overall water quantity levels in the nation.

Wetlands: This is an existing policy scheduled to sunset that establishes NCSL support for the protection of wetlands and addresses the balance of activities and responsibilities between states and the federal government. 

*See all policies of the Environment Committee 
 

Health

2010 National Drug Control Strategy's Health Agenda (Action Resolution): This is a new policy that expresses NCSL's support for some of the key health-related recommendations in the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy developed by the Office of National Drug Policy. 

Drug Safety:  Updates an existing policy to reflect the enactment of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 and the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act. 

Principles for Implementing Federal Health Reform: This is a new policy that establishes guiding principles for the implementation of the health reform law ensuring that the process is a collaborative effort between states and the federal government, and that it will provide sufficient resources and information to states to enable them to fully carry out their role.      

*See all policies of the Health Committee 
 

Human Services and Welfare

Refugee Assistance and Immigrant Integration:This is longstanding policy scheduled to sunset without further action. The policy discusses refugee resettlement, services to legal immigrants and raises concerns about cost-shifts to states. Issues related to federal immigration reform are covered in the separate Immigration Reform Policy, which was adopted in 2009. 

*See all Policies of the Human Services and Welfare Committee
 

Human Services and Welfare/Budgets and Revenue (Joint Commitee Policies)

Financial Policies That Reward Work: Earned Income Tax Credit and Individual Development Accounts:Accounts (joint with Budgets and Revenue): This is a longstanding policy scheduled to sunset without further action. The policy supports the federal EITC and federal incentives for individual development accounts. 

 

Human Servies and Welfare/Law and Criminal Justice (Joint Committee Policies)  

Child Support Enforcement:This is an existing policy scheduled to sunset without further action. The policy supports the state federal partnership and funding of child support, details opposition to preemption of family law and opposes efforts to eliminate the states' ability to use federal incentive funds as match. 

Federalism Issues Raised By Faith Based Initiatives: This is a longstanding policy ensuring a role for states in this area of policy making that will sunset without further action.

Combating Human TraffickingThis is a new policy to look at ways the federal government can improve its efforts to stop trafficking of persons, provide assistance to victims and work cooperative with states. It is the culmination of a year-long study by the two committees into state and federal efforts to combat trafficking.
 
 

Labor and Economic Development

Divestment: This is a rewrite of an existing policy. New changes include a stronger emphasis on the federal government to assist states who chose to divest their public pension funds in companies doing business in countries identified by the U.S. Department of State as state sponsors of terrorism. 

Economic Development: This is a new policy urging the federal government to better coordinate their economic development efforts and to establish a new coordinator in the Office of the President to assist in executive office level coordination efforts.

Employment Security System Funding: This is a rewrite of an existing policy. Efforts were made to streamline existing language. New changes include a focus on federal funding of state unemployment insurance systems and new sections on extended benefits and trust fund solvency.   
   

Free Trade and Federalism:This is a rewrite of an existing policy. Efforts were made to streamline existing language. The policy focuses on what NCSL would like the federal government to do when considering trade policies and programs.

Responsible Housing:This is a rewrite of an existing policy which has been updated with new language to reflect the current situation with federal housing programs. 

*See all policies of the Labor and Economic Development Committee

 

Law and Criminal Justice

Campaign Finance Reform:This is a longstanding policy that will sunset without further action.  The policy opposes federal legislation that preempts state campaign finance laws. 

Continuity of Congress and Special Elections:This is a current policy that will sunset without further action. It opposes federal legislation that preempts state laws governing the timing and requirements of special elections for replacement of House of Representatives members. 

Combating Human Trafficking: 9Joint with Human Services and Welfare. This is a new policy to look at ways the federal government can improve its efforts to stop trafficking of persons, provide assistance to victims and work cooperative with states. It is the culmination of a year-long study by the two committees into state and federal efforts to combat trafficking.


Crime and Justice: This is a longstanding policy that will sunset without further action.  It supports federal criminal justice funding to states and opposes federalizing state criminal laws.  The policy contains a new section opposing Congress' current trend of penalizing states for noncompliance with federal criminal justice priorities by withholding a percentage of state Byrne/Jag funding. 

Election Reform:This is a longstanding policy that will sunset without further action. It supports state elections laws and opposes federal preemption of those laws. The policy also encourages the federal government to provide sustained funding for state elections administration. 

*See all policies of the Law and Criminal Justice Committee
 

Transportation

Hazardous Materials Transportation:This is a renewal of an existing policy that outlines the state and federal roles in hazardous materials transportation. The committee will discuss possible changes to the section regarding federal registration and permitting.

High–Speed Rail: This a new policy developed by NCSL’s High-Speed Rail Working Group chaired by New York state Senator Malcolm Smith and Nevada state Senator Dennis Nolan. The policy addresses research and development funding, planning and evaluation and liability issues.

Motor Carrier Regulation:This is a renewal of an existing policy that outlines the state and federal roles in motor carrier regulation. In general, states should be treated as equal partners with the federal government, and efforts should be made to avoid unnecessary and burdensome mandates and requirements

Waterways and Ports:This is a renewal and update of an existing policy that outlines NCSL’s position on ports and waterways. The policy was updated to remove outdated information regarding the Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) and the Coast Guards access to the National Drivers Registry.  

* See all policies of the Transportation Committee

 

Last Updated August 4, 2010

 

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