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The Rules of Procedure limit policy directives and resolutions to federal matters that affect the states. They do not instruct state legislatures to take certain actions. Rule VII (D):
"Policies developed by the Standing Committees shall be directed at Congress, the Administration, or the federal courts and shall be related to issues that affect the states consistent with support for state sovereignty and state flexibility and protection from unfunded federal mandates and unwarranted federal preemption."
All policy directives of the Conference shall not expire but must be reviewed by the standing committee with jurisdiction at least once every four years and can be updated and amended at any time. Resolutions adopted at the General Business meeting of the Legislative Summit expire in one year, at the next Legislative Summit.
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