Policy Decisions Will Guide Advocacy Efforts in Coming Year
Minneapolis—The 40th annual NCSL Legislative Summit in Minneapolis came to a close Friday, and state legislators voted on polices that will guide the organization’s advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., in the year ahead.
“This is perhaps one of the most important things we do at the annual legislative summit,” said Oregon Senator Bruce Starr (R), outgoing president of NCSL. “NCSL effectively works to enhance the role of states and state legislatures in the federal system and these polices reinforce our hard work on behalf of the nation’s 7,383 state lawmakers. While the policies range in focus, they are bound by a simple belief that the state-federal partnership operates best when states are not hindered by pre-emptive restrictions and unfunded federal mandates.”
In order for a policy directive or resolution to pass, it must receive a three-fourths majority of the states attending the summit.
State legislators passed a major resolution supporting the Marketplace Fairness Act. A top priority for NCSL, the Marketplace Fairness Act would give states the authority to collect owed sales taxes from remote sales. This is a renewal of an expiring resolution supporting the Marketplace Fairness Act.
Lawmakers also passed Solving America’s Long Term Transportation Funding Crisis, a resolution urging Congress to allocate funds to states to support state-level pilot programs to explore transportation funding alternatives to fuel taxes.
The Military and Veterans Affairs resolution adopted by NCSL urges continued support and protection of our veterans and Army National Guard. The policy highlights protection from funding cuts for Veterans Administration benefits, the importance of federal impact aid, the redevelopment of bases, employment for returning veterans, educational assistance and maintained funding levels for the Army National Guard.
A full list of policy directives and resolutions that were voted on is available on NCSL's website. The policy directives and resolutions that passed will be available online next week.
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.