Model Legislation

The Exchange Council provides a unique opportunity for state legislators, business leaders and citizen organizations from around the country to develop model policies based on academic research, existing state policy and proven business practices. Included below are all model policies supported by the American Legislative Exchange Council. These policies are the result of task force research and debate, and are intended as academic documents for individual study. While these policies are meant to support pro-growth, state-based solutions, one size does not fit all, and legislators have the opportunity to determine—in consultation with their constituents—what works best for their communities.

In August 2013, Exchange Council members met in Chicago to discuss and debate new model policies. To see a list of the newly adopted policies from the 2013 Annual Meeting, please click here.

Read more about the Exchange Council 2013 priorities for the states: ALEC 2013:  Jobs, Innovation, and Opportunity in the States.

All model policies are subject to review and reaffirmation every five years.

21st Century Commercial Nexus Act

 21st Century Commercial Nexus Act  Summary The productivity enhancing gains of the “new economy” have led to unprecedented levels of economic growth in the United States. The Internet and other telecommunications services allow business and consumer to conduct transactions in […]

72- Hour Budget Review Act

 72- Hour Budget Review Act Section 1. {Title} (A) This Act shall be known and may be cited as the “72-Hour Budget Review Act.” Section 2. {Statement of Purpose} (A) The Legislature finds that public participation in the legislative process […]

Resolution Calling for a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment

 Resolution Calling for a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment Summary It took the United States 205 years to fall $1 trillion in debt. By the end of 1992, the national debt was over $4 trillion. Each baby born in the United […]

Resolution in Support of Energy Security, Production, Distribution, Environmental Protection and Economic Growth in the United States

Whereas, energy affects all aspects of American life and is indispensable for quality of life, economic growth, and the sustainability of modern society, and Whereas, access to energy and the supply of energy will only become more important in the […]

Resolution Supporting Efforts of Telehealth Working Group

 Resolution Supporting Efforts of Telehealth Working Group WHEREAS, the cost of healthcare has grown an average of 2.4 percent faster than GDP since 1970 and currently represents 18 percent of the United States’ total GDP; and WHEREAS, the lack of […]

Resolution to Align Pay and Benefits of Public Sector Workers with Private Sector Workers

 Resolution to Align Pay and Benefits of Public Sector Workers with Private Sector Workers Model Resolution WHEREAS, states will have faced $296.6 billion in budget gaps between fiscal year 2009 and fiscal year 2012, and WHEREAS, states will face $127.4 […]

Resolution Upholding Longstanding Policy Maintaining Agriculture Commodities and Product Comprehensiveness of US Trade Agreements

 Resolution Upholding Longstanding Policy Maintaining Agriculture Commodities and Product Comprehensiveness of US Trade Agreements Summary This resolution urges those negotiating trade frameworks on behalf of the United States of America to ensure that these frameworks are comprehensive and that no commodities or […]

A Resolution Concerning Tax Treatment of Affiliated Reinsurance

A Resolution Concerning Tax Treatment of Affiliated Reinsurance  Summary The Resolution lays out the importance of offshore affiliated reinsurance in risk-spreading and management throughout the insurance business.  The Resolution opposes new taxes on reinsurance which would reduce its supply and […]

A Resolution Concerning the Use of Credit Information in Personal Insurance

A Resolution Concerning the Use of Credit Information in Personal Insurance  Summary This resolution opposes any state laws or regulations that ban or impose significant limits on the use of credit information in personal insurance rating and underwriting decisions. Model […]

A Resolution on Network Neutrality

A Resolution on Network Neutrality WHEREAS, it is the mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty, and WHEREAS, ALEC recognizes the unprecedented advances a free […]

A Resolution Opposing Government Intervention in the Multichannel Video Programming Distribution Marketplace Through A La Carte or Tiering Requirements

A Resolution Opposing Government Intervention in the Multichannel Video Programming Distribution Marketplace Through A La Carte or Tiering Requirements WHEREAS, it is the mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, […]

A Resolution Regarding the Regulation of Broadband Information Services in Innovative and Expanding Competitive Markets

A Resolution Regarding the Regulation of Broadband Information Services in Innovative and Expanding Competitive Markets WHEREAS, it is the mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty, […]

A Resolution Relating to Residual Markets and Reinsurance Funds

A Resolution Relating to Residual Markets and Reinsurance Funds WHEREAS, some states have established government-run reinsurance programs (“catastrophe funds”) in an attempt to reduce insurance premiums; WHEREAS, some states have established government-run residual homeowners’ insurance markets, including “beach plans,” and […]

A Resolution Supporting Additional Commercial Spectrum

A Resolution Supporting Additional Commercial Spectrum Summary For the purpose of urging Congress to continue to deploy commercial spectrum on a predictable, expedient basis, with no government intervention in the form of excessive regulation, fees or taxes and allowing free […]

Access to Financial Services for Unbanked and Underbanked Consumers

Access to Financial Services for Unbanked and Underbanked Consumers WHEREAS, there is a substantial population of American consumers that do not have access to traditional sources of consumer credit or banking services, and WHEREAS, consumers that do not have or […]

Admissibility in Civil Actions of Nonuse of a Seat Belt Act

Section 1.  {Short Title} This Act is titled and may be known as the Admissibility in Civil Actions of Nonuse of a Seat Belt  Section 2. In any civil action, a violation of [the mandatory seatbelt usage statute] shall not […]

Advanced Voice Services Availability Act of 2007

Advanced Voice Services Availability Act of 2007 Summary The purpose of this legislation is to promote the availability of competitive advanced voice services, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, to all consumers and businesses in [state] by establishing […]

Affordable Health Insurance Act

Affordable Health Insurance Act Model Policy Section 1. Short Title.  This Act may be cited as the “Affordable Health Insurance Act.” Section 2.  Insurers that include and operate wellness and health promotion programs, disease and condition management programs, health risk appraisal […]

Affordable Housing Tax Credit Act

Affordable Housing Tax Credit Act Summary In order to increase the supply of low income housing, this act provides a tax credit for business firms that invest in low-income rental housing production within the state. Model Policy {Title, enacting clause, […]

After-Market Crash Parts Act

After-Market Crash Parts Act Summary Since only bodily injury claims are litigated, no-fault insurance only saves money in the bodily injury component of insurance premiums. However, savings can be achieved in the property damage component of premiums, as well. Often, […]

Agriculture Bio-Security Act

Agriculture Bio-Security Act  Purpose This Act provides civil liability and criminal sanctions against the intentional acts of damaging or destroying any field crop or food product that is subject to testing or product development conducted under contract with a state […]

ALEC Agriculture Principles

Introduction The proper role of government involvement in agriculture is to limit and remove barriers for agricultural production, trade, and consumption throughout our innovative food system. In developing public policy options for agriculture, forestry, and related sectors, policymakers should recognize that the United […]

ALEC Chemical Policy Principles

ALEC Chemical Policy Principles Mission: To promote human progress, health, and safety by advancing a free-and-open marketplace in which competition and innovation guide the development and application of valuable chemical products. Introduction Free markets and resulting competition has advanced the […]

ALEC Electricity Transmission Principles

Mission Energy production and transmission are critical components of our nation’s economic infrastructure. For economic growth to continue, the expansion and protection of our electricity transmission infrastructure system must be a priority of the states and nation. To that end, the state governments […]

ALEC Energy Principles

Mission: To define and promote a comprehensive strategy for energy security, production, and distribution in the states consistent with the Jeffersonian principles of free markets and federalism. Introduction: A National Energy Strategy Energy affects all aspects of American life. It […]

ALEC Principles of Taxation

ALEC Principles of Taxation The proper function of taxation is to raise money for core functions of government, not to direct the behavior of citizens or close budget gaps created by overspending. This is true regardless of whether government is […]

ALEC Resolution on DNA Testing Standards

ALEC Resolution on DNA Testing Standards Summary A Resolution supporting the FBI effort to “re-evaluate existing policies, standards, and protocols, including requirements for outsourcing DNA analysis to private laboratories and review of their results by public law enforcement laboratories” that […]

ALEC Resolution Opposing Overregulation of Payroll Cards

ALEC Resolution Opposing Overregulation of Payroll Cards Summary Payroll cards provide a safe, convenient, and cost-effective method of wage payment for both employees and employers—bringing underserved citizens into the financial mainstream. Existing laws on payroll cards provide important consumer protections. […]

ALEC Resolution Opposing State and Local Mandates Requiring Warning Labels on Wireless Devices and Packaging

ALEC Resolution Opposing State and Local Mandates Requiring Warning Labels on Wireless Devices and Packaging Summary For the purpose of opposing state and local legislation and regulations that would require either health-related warning labeling, including but not limited to specific […]

ALEC Statement of Principles on Road Transportation Financing

ALEC Statement of Principles on Road Transportation Financing Preamble: Government policy should encourage a market-driven highway system, one that responds to the needs of users, on a user-pays basis. Traffic congestion imposes enormous costs on the U.S. economy. Because of future […]

ALEC’s Statement of Principles on Fixing State and Local Government Defined-Benefit Plans

ALEC’s Statement of Principles on Fixing State and Local Government Defined-Benefit Plans Summary To solve the funding crises in state and local defined-benefit plans for public employees {insert state} recommends that defined-benefit plans be replaced by defined-contribution plans.  However, should a […]

ALEC’s Balanced Budget Amendment Policy

ALEC’s Balanced Budget Amendment Policy Summary These amendments provide an Article V Constitutional convention process in order to discuss adopting a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Model Legislation {Title, enacting clause, etc.} For a Convention to Propose a […]

Alternative Certification Act

Alternative Certification Act Summary Teacher quality is crucial to the improvement of instruction and student performance.  However, certification requirements that correspond to state-approved education programs in most states prevent many individuals from entering the teaching profession.  To obtain an education […]

Alternative Dispute Resolution Act

Summary The Multi-Door Courthouse Act provides parties to a lawsuit with choices for resolving their dispute that save time and money, when compared to formal court proceedings, by encouraging alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures – limited discovery, confidential proceedings, and […]

Alternative Method of Court Appearances Act

Alternative Method of Court Appearances Act Summary This bill would designate certain crimes as crimes with bail restrictions. Those crimes would include offenses such as murder, kidnapping, burglary, arson, drug-related crimes, racketeering and robbery. Under the bill, persons charged with […]

An Act Granting the Authority of Rural Counties to Transition to Decentralized Land Use Regulation

(A) Findings and Purpose. The Legislature finds that the planning and zoning authority granted to rural counties may encourage land use regulation which is overly centralized, intrusive and politicized. The Legislature further finds that rural counties, local elected officials and their citizens may […]

An Act Providing for the Detection and Prevention of Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Improper Payments in State Government

An Act Providing for the Detection and Prevention of Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Improper Payments in State Government Summary This Act would improve government efficiency and accountability by detecting and preventing fraud, waste, abuse and improper payments in state government. […]

An Act Relating to Recovery Audits for Government Overpayments of Tax Dollars

Section 1. {Title} Section 2. {Statement of Purpose} (A) The Legislature finds that overpayments are a serious problem for state agencies given the magnitude and complexity of state operations. Overpayments waste tax dollars and detract from the efficiency and effectiveness […]

Anti-Phishing Act

Anti-Phishing Act Summary This Act will help ensure that phishing and pharming are illegal and that the state has the ability to prosecute the bad actors that prey on the residents of this state.  Phishing or Pharming are acts that […]

Appeal Bond Waiver Act

Model Legislation Section 1. {Appeal Bond Waived} (A)    In any civil action in which a plaintiff obtains a judgment, the state supersedeas bond requirements shall be waived as to that portion of the judgment that exceeds $1,000,000 if the party […]

Application under Article V of the U.S. Constitution For a Convention to Propose a Balanced Budget Amendment and Further Fiscal Restraints

 Application under Article V of the U.S. Constitution For a Convention to Propose a Balanced Budget Amendment and Further Fiscal Restraints Summary The resolution will address a specific amendment to be voted on at an Article V Convention. The amendment […]

Asbestos and Silica Claims Priorities Act

Asbestos and Silica Claims Priorities Act Title __ of the [    ] Code is amended by adding Chapter __ to read as follows: Chapter __.  Claims Involving Asbestos or Silica Exposure Section 1. {Short Title} This chapter may be cited […]

Asbestos Claims Transparency Act

Asbestos Claims Transparency Act Model Policy Title __ of the [   ] Code is amended by adding Chapter ___ to read as follows: Chapter __.  Claims Involving Asbestos Exposure Section 1. {Short Title}  This chapter may be cited as the […]

Asbestos in Educational Facilities and/or Public Buildings Act

Summary ALEC’s model Asbestos in Educational Facilities and/or Public Buildings Act is designed to protect the public from unwarranted remedial asbestos actions that may increase the risk of asbestos exposure. Key components of the bill include: accreditation of consultants, contractors and workers, and […]

Asset Forfeiture Process and Private Property Protection Act

Asset Forfeiture Process and Private Property Protection Act Summary Civil forfeiture laws represent one of the most serious assaults on private property rights in the nation today.  Under civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize your car or other property, […]

Assumption of Risk Act

Summary In recent years, courts in some states have held that when the legislature adopted a comparative fault statute, which bases the award to the plaintiff on the defendant’s percentage of responsibility for the injury to plaintiff, the legislature abolished […]

Audit Equity and Process Simplification Act

Audit Equity and Process Simplification Act  Summary  Typically, a state tax auditor does not review every transaction in an audited period.  Instead, the auditor uses a sample of transactions to ascertain an underpayment or “error rate.” The auditor then projects […]

Automatic Income Tax Rate Adjustment Act

Automatic Income Tax Rate Adjustment Act Summary The Automatic Income Tax Rate Adjustment Act provides for a biennial reduction in the state adjusted gross income tax rate on residents, nonresidents, and corporation if year-over-year revenue from the adjusted gross income […]

Bail Agent Education and Licensing Act

Bail Agent Education and Licensing Act Summary This Act would establish a state bail bond regulatory board to monitor and license bail bondsmen. The Act would also set educational standards for licensed bail bondsmen and establish penalties and conditions for […]

Bail Bond Expiration Act

Bail Bond Expiration Act Summary This act would establish that a bail bond expires thirty-six months after it is posted if the bond has not been declared forfeited in the interim. Model Policy Section 1. {Title}  This Act may be cited […]

Bail Forfeiture Notification Act

Bail Forfeiture Notification Act Summary This act requires the court to send prompt notice of bail forfeiture to the surety, depositor of money, and bail agent posting the bond.   Model Policy Section 1: {Notification of Bail Forfeiture} (A) Upon a […]

Bail Forfeiture Payments Act

Bail Forfeiture Payments Act Summary This Act requires a bail agent to pay all forfeiture judgments in a timely manner. No further bonds may be accepted from that agent anywhere in the state until the judgment is satisfied. This legislation […]

Bail Forfeiture Relief and Remission Act

Bail Forfeiture Relief and Remission Act Summary This Act grants a bail agent a remission period to recover a fugitive that has skipped bail, even after the time deadline for a bail agent to recover that person has passed and […]

Bail Fugitive Recovery Persons Act

Bail Fugitive Recovery Persons Act Summary This Act will create standards of operation for those individuals who act as a bail recovery agent. Model Policy Section 1. {Short Title} The article shall be known as the Bail Fugitive Recovery Persons […]

Balanced Budget Certification Act

 Balanced Budget Certification Act Summary Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring {Appropriate Statewide Elected Official Not Involved in Writing or Approving the State Budget} to estimate state revenues and certify that all spending proposed by the Legislature is funded with available […]

Biotechnology Resolution

Biotechnology Resolution WHEREAS, biotechnology refers to any technique that uses living organisms or parts thereof to make or modify a product or plants, animals, or microorganisms for specific uses and has been used by humankind for thousands of years to improve plant, […]

Biotechnology State Uniformity Resolution

Whereas, ALEC has stated its support for the responsible use of the beneficial qualities of agricultural biotechnology such as in improved crop production techniques, pharmaceuticals, anti-immune disease control, biodegradeable plastics, and other potential benefits to people intheir states, the nation, […]

Budget Reserve Account Act

Budget Reserve Account Act Summary To help protect a state from sudden, unanticipated revenue shortfalls, budget reserve accounts should be implemented. These special funds provide a cushion for states in the event of economic hard times. Instead of immediately raising […]

Business Activites Tax Simplification Act

Business Activities Tax Simplification Act Summary Direct state and local taxes on business, also known as “business activity taxes,” such as income, franchise, net worth, business license, business and occupation, single business, capital stock, and like taxes, impose great burdens […]

Business Exit Interview Act

Business Exit Interview Act Summary To require the Department of Development to compile a report of companies that relocated out of this state and to attempt to determine the motivation behind the relocations. Model Policy Section 1. {Short Title.} This […]

Business Ombudsman Act

Business Ombudsman Act   {Title, enacting clause, etc.}  Section 1. {Short Title} This act may be cited as the Business Ombudsman Act Section 2. {Definitions} For purposes of this section, the term— (a) “Ombudsman” means the Business Ombudsman designated under […]

CAFR Accounting Responsibility Act

CAFR Accounting Responsibility Act Summary In order to provide accountability in state retirement systems, The Act applies standards similar to Sarbanes-Oxley to the principal executive and financial officers of the State. Officers are charged with certifying that the Comprehensive Annual […]

Cancer Drug Donation Program Act

Cancer Drug Donation Program Act Model Policy Section 1. Title.  This Act shall be known as the “Cancer Drug Donation Program Act.” Section 2. Definitions.  For purposes of the Cancer Drug Donation Program Act, the following definitions apply: (A) “Cancer […]

Capital Gains Tax Elimination Act

       Capital Gains Tax Elimination Act Summary Capital gains taxes, the tax on profits from investments, are detrimental to capital investment and economic growth. High capital gains taxes have devastated industries such as banking, housing, and real estate. The result […]

Career Ladder Opportunity Act

Career Ladder Opportunity Act Summary Both merit pay and career ladder systems have at their roots the larger idea of a performance-based reward system, a concept of rewarding teachers in some manner for performance. The performance measured could be that […]

Charity Health Care Tax Credit Act

 Charity Health Care Tax Credit Act  Summary This Act provides state tax credits for individuals ($1,000/year), families ($2,500/year), and nonprofit charity organizations (up to 75% of income tax liability) who provide healthcare services to the uninsured. Model Legislation Section 1. […]

Charter School Growth with Quality Act

Charter School Growth with Quality Act Summary The Charter School Growth with Quality Act would expand quality public education opportunities for all children by establishing a state public charter school commission to serve as an independent statewide charter authorizer. Model […]

Checks and Balances in Government Amendment

Checks and Balances in Government Amendment Article 1 Title. This article is known as the “Checks and Balances in Government Amendment.” Article 2 Denial of State Personnel and Resources to Unconstitutional Acts. A.  The Constitution of the United States is […]

Child Protection Reporting Requirement Act

Child Protection Reporting Requirement Act Summary This Act requires that an individual representing the state or working for the state, in a position of authority over minors, who witnesses the physical or sexual abuse of a minor [as defined by […]

Citizens’ Right to Know: Pretrial Release Act

Citizens’ Right to Know: Pretrial Release Act Summary This Act demands that pretrial service agencies reveal their budgets and staffing, number and kind of release recommendations made, number of defendants released and under what type of bond, number of times […]

Civil Liability for Employers Hiring Ex-Offenders Act

Civil Liability for Employers Hiring Ex-Offenders Act  Summary This legislation would immunize employers who hire ex-offenders without a violent or sex offense from being sued on that basis alone. Model Policy {Title, enacting clause, etc.} Section 1. {Title.}  This Act […]

Civil Rights Act

Civil Rights Act Summary The Civil Rights Act prohibits any state entity from discriminating or giving preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin. As a result, all set-aside contracts […]

Class Actions Improvements Act

Class Actions Improvements Act Summary This Act makes several revisions to the basic class action statute or rule that has been adopted in some form by most states (i.e., Rule 23 of the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure).[i]  For the […]

Climate Accountability Act

Section 1. {Intent}  The legislature finds that in order to improve efficiency and the use of scarce resources, the state must receive the greatest return on the environmental investments it makes. Projects that do not return the expected environmental benefits waste not […]

Clinical Trial and Results Registries Act

Clinical Trial and Results Registries Act Model Legislation Section 1. Short Title.  This Act shall be known as the “Clinical Trial and Results Registries Act.” Section 2. Summary.  This bill establishes an agreement for {insert state} to adopt and abide […]

Commission on Federalism Act

Commission on Federalism Act Summary This bill creates a Commission on Federalism to review, evaluate and respond to federal actions that infringe upon the constitutional jurisdiction of the state.  It provides the standard for such review and a mechanism for […]

Committee to Reduce Government Waste & Nonessential Expenditures

Committee to Reduce Government Waste & Nonessential Expenditures Summary As a way to pay for World War II without raising taxes, the Joint Committee on Reduction of Nonessential Federal Expenditures was created at the federal level in 1941. The committee […]

Commonsense Consumption Act

Summary The Commonsense Consumption Act prevents the legislative and regulatory functions of the State of _____ from being usurped by civil lawsuits against a food manufacturer, packer, distributor, carrier, holder, seller, marketer, advertiser or trade association for claims of [actual […]

Community Corrections Performance Incentive Act

Community Corrections Performance Incentive Act Summary The provisions of this act are intended to reduce crimes committed by probationers and the number of probationers revoked to prison by giving probation departments a share of the savings to the state  in […]

Community Corrections Performance Measurement Act

Community Corrections Performance Measurement Act Summary This Act implements a systematic performance measurement model for community corrections agencies, which includes measures of outcomes in key performance areas. This model provides regular, objective and quantitative feedback on how well agencies are […]

Compact for America: Balanced Budget Amendment

Compact for America: Balanced Budget Amendment Summary The Compact for America initiative condenses four state legislative acts (the Article V application, delegate appointment, prohibition on an invalid convention conducted without authority, ratification) into one legislative act – the Compact for […]

Comparative Fault Act

Summary This Act adopts a modified comparative fault system which bars a plaintiff’s recovery whose fault exceeds that of the defendants and nonparties. This ensures that only deserving plaintiffs are compensated. A key part of this Act is the assessment […]

Computer Protection Act

Computer Protection Act Summary Prohibits a person from using specified protected computers to relay or retransmit commercial electronic mail messages with the intent to deceive or mislead recipients or an electronic mail service provider under specified circumstances; prohibits a person […]

Computer Spyware Protection Act

Computer Spyware Protection Act Summary Spyware is a catch-all term for computer programs that can track computer users’ movements online. There are hundreds of programs that range from innocuous “ad-ware,” which generates pop-up advertisements, to more dangerous programs that can […]

Conditional Early Release Bond Act

Conditional Early Release Bond Act Summary This Act would create a means whereby a State can, after conviction, release a person. The Act would also establish how conditions on the release may be set and how the private sector may […]

Conditional Federal Funds Control Act

Conditional Federal Funds Control Act Summary     The purpose of this legislation is to coordinate the acceptance of federal conditional funds among the several states. Conditional federal fund programs (such as Medicaid) now account for 40 percent of the average […]

Conditioning Regulation of Non-Pollutant Emissions on Science Act Summary

Summary The following language may be used as a freestanding bill or amendment to a bill, (e.g., a bill to regulate carbon dioxide). It requires [State EPA] Administrator to perform an assessment that considers certain criteria prior to formally proposing […]

Congressional Delegate Mandate Constitution Act

Congressional Delegate Mandate Constitution Act Summary Unfunded federal mandates on state and local governments have become a tremendous financial burden. It has been estimated that during the 1990s, state and local governments will spend more than $200 billion to comply […]

Constitutional Amendment For Victim’s Rights

Constitutional Amendment For Victim’s Rights Summary This Act would establish a bill of rights for victims of violent crimes. Model Policy {Title, enacting clause, etc.} Section 1. {Title.} ”This Act may be cited as the Constitutional Amendment for Victims Rights” Section […]

Constitutional Amendment Requiring State Approval for Increases in Federal Debt

  Constitutional Amendment Requiring State Approval for Increases in Federal Debt             Whereas, Article V of the Constitution of the United States provides authority for a  Convention to be called by the Congress of the United States for the purpose […]

Constitutional Amendment Restricting the Use of Vehicle Fees and Taxes for Highway Purposes

Constitutional Amendment Restricting the Use of Vehicle Fees and Taxes for Highway Purposes NEW SECTION: All fees collected by the State of {insert state} as license fees for motor vehicles and all excise taxes collected by the State of {insert […]

Consumer Compensation Fund Act

Consumer Compensation Fund Act Summary The civil justice section of The 1987-88 Source Book addresses the acute shortage of adequate liability insurance and the powerful need for state tort reform.  The proposals set forth in the civil justice section confirm […]

Council on Efficient Government Act

Council on Efficient Government Act Summary This legislation is designed to create a council on efficient government whose purpose is to ensure that each state agency focuses on its core mission and delivers goods and services effectively and efficiently by […]

Course Choice Program Act

Course Choice Program Act Summary The Course Choice Program created by this Act would allow students in public schools and public charter schools to enroll in online, blended, and face-to-face courses not offered by the student’s school, and would allow […]

Credit Articulation Agreements Act

Credit Articulation Agreements Act Summary The Credit Articulation Agreements Act would require statewide degree transfer agreements (transfer agreements) to transfer associate of arts (AA) degrees and associate of science (AS) degrees from one state institution of higher education (institution) to […]

Crimes with Bail Restrictions Act

Crimes with Bail Restrictions Act Summary The purpose of this act is to enhance public safety. The Bureau of Justice Statistics has shown that defendants released on unsecured bonds were the most likely not to show and thus end up […]

Criminal Intent Protection Act

Criminal Intent Protection Act Summary To protect persons from unjust punishment under vague or ambiguous criminal offenses by codifying default rules of application for criminal intent (mens rea) requirements within criminal law. Model Policy {Title, enacting clause, etc.} Section 1. […]

Defined-Contribution Pension Reform Act

Defined-Contribution Pension Reform Act Intent Section   The Legislature finds that the defined-benefit model of retirement benefits for state and municipal employees is not fiscally sustainable. It is the intent of the Legislature, therefore, to direct the [state retirement board] […]

Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Resolution

Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Resolution Summary State lawmakers are increasingly aware of the tremendous promise of a 21st century digital economy.  In search of sustainable sources of revenue, some states have begun to aggressively tax transactions involving digital […]

Discount Medical Plan Organization Model Act

Discount Medical Plan Organization Model Act Model Legislation Section 1. Short title.  This Act may be cited as the “Discount Medical Plan Organization Act.” Section 2. Purpose.  The purpose of the “Discount Medical Plan Organization Act” is to regulate the […]

Disposal and Taxation of Public Lands Act

Disposal and Taxation of Public Lands Act WHEREAS, in 1780, the United States Congress resolved that “the unappropriated lands that may be ceded or relinquished to the United States, by any particular states, pursuant to the recommendation of Congress of […]

DNA Profiling Act

DNA Profiling Act Summary This Act would require those convicted of sex offenses to submit to a DNA profile test. The DNA profile would be kept on file in the state’s criminal records repository. Model Legislation {Title, enacting clause, etc.} […]

Drug Liability Act

Drug Liability Act   Summary This Act establishes in statutory form certain clear limitations with the respect to the imposition of liability in actions for damages alleged to have been caused by certain drugs. Model Legislation Section 1. This Act may […]

Drug Re-Importation Liability Act

Drug Re-Importation Liability Act To amend Chapter {___} of Title {___} of the Official Code of {insert state} Annotated, relating to general provisions of torts, so as to provide for limited liability for physicians and pharmaceutical companies from claims for […]

Drunk Driving Prevention Act

Drunk Driving Prevention Act Summary This bill requires mandatory alcohol education for new drivers; prohibition of open containers of beverage alcohol products in motor vehicles; administrative license revocation penalties for violation of the State’s driving under the influence laws, administrative […]

Early Intervention Program Act

Early Intervention Program Act Summary This act creates an early intervention program, targeted to at-risk students. It requires the State Board of Education to select one or more technology providers, through a request for proposals process, to provide adaptive computer […]

Earned Compliance Credit Act

Earned Compliance Credit Act Summary For corrections agencies to efficiently allocate supervision, they must have the authority to focus their staff, services and sanctions on higher-risk offenders. To do so without additional funding, agencies need to be able to move […]

Economic Civil Rights Act

Economic Civil Rights Act Summary  Among the rights Americans cherish the most are freedoms to pursue a chosen enterprise or profession. Yet of all the rights we deem fundamental, economic liberty has eroded most of all, to the extent that […]

Economic Impact Statement Act

Economic Impact Statement Act Summary The Economic Impact Statement Act is designed to provide environmental protection while permitting the creation of wealth through requiring an economic analysis of new environmental regulations. Key components of the bill include: detailed short-term and […]

Economic Liberty Resolution

Economic Liberty Resolution Summary This resolution calls for state legislatures to establish a Joint Legislative Committee on Economic Freedom for the purposes of identifying legal and regulatory barriers to private investment and entrepreneurship, and proposing legislation on such other actions […]

Education Savings Account Act

Summary The Education Savings Account Act allows parents to use the funds that would have been allocated to their child at their resident school district for an education program of the parents’ choosing. Model Policy Section 1. {Title.} The Education […]

Efficiency in Government Act

Efficiency in Government Act Summary This bill establishes a framework for promoting bidding and streamlining government activities at the State level. It allows State officials to consider government priorities by determining what activities are inherently governmental and which could be […]

Electricity Freedom Act

Electricity Freedom Act Summary: The Electricity Freedom Act repeals the State of {insert state}’s requirement that electric distribution utilities and electric services companies provide _____ percent of their electricity supplies from renewable energy sources by ____. WHEREAS, forcing business, industry, […]

Electronic Data Privacy Protection Act

Electronic Data Privacy Protection Act Summary: The proliferation of Internet-connected and geolocation-enabled devices presents new challenges for state laws protecting personal information from unauthorized search.  This model act aims to provide some clarity for the courts, law enforcement, and consumers […]

Electronic Government Services Act

Electronic Government Services Act Summary While the continued development of information technology and the proliferation of the Internet has permitted government agencies to make more efficient the necessary transactions between citizens and the government, it has also blurred the lines […]

Electronic Pay Choice Act

Electronic Pay Choice Act Summary An Act relating to the method of payment of wages and salaries by employers to employees. Model Policy {Title, enacting clause, etc.} Section 1. {Short Title.} This Act may be cited as the Electronic Pay […]

Elimination of Double Recoveries Act

Summary  ALEC’s model Elimination of Double Recoveries Act allows the admission into evidence of proof of collateral source payments made or likely to be made as compensation for the same damages sought in the suit. The Act requires that such […]

Emergency Care Immunity Act

Emergency Care Immunity Act  Summary The purpose of this Act is to provide immunity from liability for physicians, health care providers and private citizens who in good faith provide emergency care.  The Act provides that any physician who assists in […]

Eminent Domain Authority for Federal Lands Act

Summary This bill authorizes the state to exercise eminent domain authority on property possessed by the federal government unless the property was acquired by the federal government with the consent of the Legislature and in accordance with the United States Constitution […]

Employee Online Privacy Act

Employee Online Privacy Act – as amended  Summary Job applicants and employees are increasingly using online accounts for their personal communication and social networking.  Potential and actual employers should not request or require access to these personal accounts, except in […]

Employee Rights Reform Act

Employee Rights Reform Act Summary The purpose of this act is to: 1) limit the amount of compelled agency fees which may be exacted from public employees as a condition of continued employment; 2) provide public employees compelled to pay […]

Employee Secret Ballot Protection Act

Employee Secret Ballot Protection Act  Summary This Act provides that all qualifying union certification efforts in a state must be approved by a majority of collective bargaining unit employees who vote in a secret-ballot process. The state labor official/agency cannot […]

Employment Reference Immunity Act

Employment Reference Immunity Act Summary Due to increasing threats of litigation, few employers will give job references for employees. This deprives good employees from being able to receive positive evaluations and also results in employers hiring employees they would not […]

Endangered Species Resolution

WHEREAS, Congress enacted the Endangered Species Act in 1973 to conserve threatened and endangered plant and animal species. WHEREAS, the United States and the states have some of the world’s strictest laws which protect our environment, yet seek to strike […]

Energy Efficiency and Savings Act

This act shall be known as the Energy Efficiency and Savings Act of ____. An act relating to exemptions from state and local sales and use tax, so as to provide for an exemption for certain appliances and products that […]

Enhanced Delinquent Debt Collection Act

Providing for Enhanced Delinquent Debt Collection Summary This Act provides additional collection flexibility to a city, county, municipality, state, or other political subdivision to contract with one or more third party collections vendors for collection of delinquent government debt at […]

Enhanced Integrity in Public Employee Pension Plan Reporting

Enhanced Integrity in Public Employee Pension Plan Reporting  Summary Under current GAAP for state and local governments some financial statement users may not realize the gravity of failure to address under-funding of state-sponsored pension plans. This Resolution calls upon the […]

Environmental Audit Privilege and Qualified Disclosure Act

Summary This Act provides confidentiality and limited protection from civil, criminal or administrative proceedings to companies that conduct voluntary internal environmental audits to identify, prevent and correct areas of noncompliance with federal, state and local environmental statutes. The Audit Privilege […]

Environmental Corrupt Organizations – Preventative Legislation and Neutralization (ECO-PLAN) Act

Section 1. {Definitions} (1) “Documentary material” means any book, paper, document, writing, drawing, graph, chart, photograph, phonograph record, magnetic tape, computer printout, website, or any other data compilation from which information can be obtained or from which information can be […]

Environmental Literacy Improvement Act

Section 1. {Title} This act shall be known as the Environmental Literacy Improvement Act Section 2. {Purpose} The purpose of this act is to enhance and improve the environmental literacy of students and citizens in the state by requiring that […]

Environmental Priorities Act

Intent The legislature finds that there are a variety of current and potential environmental restoration projects, regulations and programs that would benefit the health of the environment, reduce pollution and improve the lifestyle and well-being of state residents. Support for […]

Environmental Services Public-Private Partnership Act

Summary Provides an arrangement through which government utilizes the private sector to produce goods and services that would otherwise be provided or funded completely by government. Model Legislation Section 1. {Title} This Act may be cited as the Environmental Services Public-Private […]

Establishing a Public-Private Partnership (P3) Authority Act

Establishing a Public-Private Partnership (P3) Authority Act Summary This Act establishes a state Partnership Committee and an Office of Public-Private Partnerships to identify and establish public-private partnerships and approve qualified bidders, requests for proposals, and template contracts. The Act is […]

Expanded Consumer Choice In Financial Services Act

Expanded Consumer Choice In Financial Services Act Summary The Expanded Consumer Choice in Financial Services Act permits banks to fully compete in the financial services market by offering consumers a wide variety of investments and other financial services. This Act […]

Facilitating Business Rapid Response to State Declared Disaster Act

Facilitating Business Rapid Response to State Declared Disaster Act Summary An Act to amend the public services law, state law and tax law, in relation to thresholds for establishing presence, residency or doing business in the state for out-of-state employees and businesses […]

Fair Share Act

Fair Share Act Summary ALEC’s model Fair Share Act provides that each defendant is liable only for damages in direct proportion to that defendant’s responsibility.  The model act also ensures that juries have an opportunity to consider the full picture […]

Federal Funds Commission Act

Federal Funds Commission Act Summary This bill creates the Federal Funds Commission to study and make recommendations on federal funding in a state’s budget, assess risks of a significant loss of federal funding, and contingency plans for continued services from the […]

Federal Grant Review Act

Federal Grant Review Act Summary A major problem affecting state legislatures in maintaining fiscally sound government and reconciling competing needs for state revenues is the continuing participation of their states in federal programs that obligate state revenues and resources. State […]

Federal Receipts Reporting Requirements Act

Federal Receipts Reporting Requirements Act Summary This bill requires all state agencies and political subdivisions to disclose (i) total federal receipts; (ii) the percentage such receipts are of their respective budget, and (iii) what their specific contingency plan is if […]

Federal TABOR Resolution

Federal TABOR Resolution WHEREAS, the federal government now spends more than $20,000 per family in the United States, the highest level of real federal spending since World War II; and WHEREAS, federal spending is currently growing at a rate faster […]

Federalism Education Requirements for Public Attorneys

Federalism Education Requirements for Public Attorneys Whereas, the High Court has reiterated time and again that the sovereignty, jurisdiction, and even the supremacy of the States in their constitutional spheres is essential to the balance between State and Federal governing […]

Fiscal Note Act

Fiscal Note Act Summary The Fiscal Note Act is designed to make state legislatures more fiscally responsible by informing legislators of all costs associated with a particular bill. This Act requires a reliable estimate of the cost of any proposed […]

Flat Tax Option Act

Flat Tax Option Act Summary The cost of tax compliance in the United States is staggering. Individuals and businesses waste millions of dollars each year complying with state and federal income tax codes, which contain countless deductions, credits, exemptions and […]

Food and Nutrition Act

Food and Nutrition Act Summary The Food and Nutrition Act preempts towns, counties and other political subdivisions from enacting regulation in regards to food service establishments based upon or regarding food nutrition information, customer incentive items, and a restaurant’s designation […]

Forum Non Conveniens Act

Relating to the lawsuits arising outside or brought by persons who reside outside of [InsertState]. Section 1. {Forum Non Conveniens} (A) With respect to a plaintiff who is not a legal resident of the United States, if a court of […]

Founding Philosophy and Principles Act

Founding Philosophy and Principles Act Summary Whereas, the survival of the Republic requires that our nation’s children, the future guardians of its heritage and participants in its governance, have a clear understanding of the Founding Philosophy and the Founding Principles […]

Founding Principles Act

Founding Principles Act Summary The Founding Principles Act would require during the high school years the teaching of a semester-long course on the philosophical understandings and the founders’ principles, which are the foundation of our form of government for a […]

Free Contract in Financing Act

Free Contract in Financing Act Summary The Free Contract in Financing Act removes restrictions on interest rates for all loans and sales, including those to both consumers and businesses, and allows borrowers and lending institutions to contract for a mutually […]

Free Enterprise Education Act

Free Enterprise Education Act Summary The Free Enterprise Education Act mandates instruction in the free enterprise system, a course that requires an interdisciplinary study of economics, political science, history, geography, culture, and current events. This Act requires a stand-alone course […]

Free Market Constitutional Amendment

Free Market Constitutional Amendment “It is the policy of the state of ___________ that a free enterprise system shall govern trade and commerce in this state to promote the dispersion of economic and political power and the general welfare of […]

Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act

Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act Model Policy Section 1. Short Title.  This Act may be cited as the “Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act.” Section 2.  The people have the right to enter into private contracts with […]

Freedom to Purchase Medical Services Act

Freedom to Purchase Medical Services Act Summary This bill protects a patient’s right to purchase health care services that are not covered by the patient’s insurance or Medicaid plan. Patients may pay out-of-pocket for such services and health care professionals […]

Full & Fair Noneconomic Damages Act

 Summary Pain and suffering awards are intended to compensate an injured plaintiff for the pain and suffering resulting from an injury caused by the defendant.[1]  They are not intended as punishment for the defendant or to deter future misconduct.[2] Constitutional […]

Good Samaritan Drug and Medical Supply Donation Act

Good Samaritan Drug and Medical Supply Donation Act Summary The purpose of this Act is to encourage the donation of medical supplies and drugs by the private sector to nonprofit organizations for distribution to needy individuals without the threat of […]

Government Services Competition Act

Government Services Competition Act  Summary  This model bill provides a general model for state government privatization efforts. States should adapt this model to meet their own particular needs and circumstances regarding privatization. It prohibits state agencies, institutions, or political subdivisions […]

Great Teachers and Leaders Act

Great Teachers and Leaders Act Summary The Great Teachers and Leaders Act reforms the practice of tenure, known as nonprobationary status in some states. Teachers can earn tenure after 3 years of sufficient student academic growth; tenure is revocable following […]

Groundwater Protection Act

Summary ALEC’s model Groundwater Protection Act is designed to futher document and ensure the safety of America’s drinking water through the prevention, minimization, or mitigation of the movement of chemicals to drinking water supplies derived from ground water acquifers. Key […]

Hard Science Resolution

 Hard Science Resolution Summary Free-market economies are the best method of ensuring quality products for consumers while providing goods at the lowest cost, but unnecessary regulations can encroach on this process. Ideally, regulations passed by nations should be limited to […]

Health Care Choice Act for States

Health Care Choice Act for States Model Legislation Section 1. Title.  This Act shall be known and may be cited as the “Health Care Choice Act for States.” Section 2. General Provisions. (A) The {insert state legislative body} recognizes the need […]

Health Care Compact Act

Health Care Compact Act Model Legislation {Insert state} enacts the Interstate Health Care Compact and enters into the compact with all other states legally joining in the compact in substantially the following form: WHEREAS, The separation of powers, both between […]

Health Care Freedom Act

Health Care Freedom Act Summary This bill prohibits health insurers from accepting federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act that trigger the employer mandate. Health insurers accepting subsidies shall have their license to issue new business suspended for all business on exchanges […]

Health Care Price Disclosure Act

Health Care Price Disclosure Act Summary This Act requires health care professionals to make available the “direct pay” price for at least the 25 most common services or procedures; the Act also requires health care facilities to make available the […]

Health Care Sharing Ministries Freedom To Share Act

Health Care Sharing Ministries Freedom To Share Act Findings And Purpose Participants of health care sharing ministries financially assist fellow participants with large medical expenses with a result usually provided by health insurance.  Due to their voluntary and ministerial nature, […]

Health Care Sharing Ministries Tax Parity Act

Health Care Sharing Ministries Tax Parity Act  Findings and Purpose Members of health care sharing ministries financially assist fellow members with large medical expenses with a result usually provided by health insurance.  Due to their positive contribution to our health […]

Health Care Tax Relief Equity Act

Health Care Tax Relief Equity Act Summary The purpose of this Act is to provide state tax credits for both the purchase of individual health insurance policies and out-of-pocket medical expenses. This bill restores tax equity to the health care […]

Health Freedom Compact Act

Health Freedom Compact Act  Findings and Declaration of Policy (A)  Unites States Code Section 112 gives Congressional consent “to any two or more states to enter into agreements or compacts for cooperative effort and mutual assistance in the prevention of […]

Health Savings Account Act

Health Savings Account Act Summary A bill to permit the establishment and maintenance of health savings accounts; to provide penalties and remedies; to exempt contributions from taxation; and to prescribe the requirements of and restrictions on health savings accounts. Model […]

High-Risk Health Insurance Pool Model Act

High-Risk Health Insurance Pool Model Act   Summary  The purpose of this Act is to provide insurance for individuals with high-risk health conditions such as AIDS, diabetes, and cancer. Approximately 1 percent of the uninsured population is denied access to individual […]

Higher Education Capital Projects Transparency Act

Higher Education Capital Projects Transparency Act Summary The Higher Education Capital Projects Transparency Act requires a public institution of higher education to develop and promulgate procedures for maximum utilization of existing facilities, to make data on the average weekly usage […]

Higher Education Scholarships for High School Pupils Act

Higher Education Scholarships for High School Pupils Act Summary This bill enables a school district to adopt and offer higher education scholarships for high school pupils to any high school pupil who graduates high school early and who achieves a […]

Higher Education Transparency Act

Higher Education Transparency Act Summary This act details information required of institutions of higher education to publish on their public website. Model Legislation AN ACT relating to requiring a public institution of higher education to establish uniform standards to make […]

Honest Transcript Act

Honest Transcript Act Summary The Honest Transcript Act looks to correct grade inflation by requiring all public colleges and universities to include on student transcripts—alongside the individual grade the student received for each class—the average grade given by the professor […]

Honesty in Lawyering Act

Honesty in Lawyering Act Model Policy  Title __ of the [   ] Code is amended by adding Chapter ___ to read as follows:  Chapter __.  Attorney Misconduct  Section 1. {Short Title}  This chapter may be cited as the “Honesty in […]

Housing Affordability Impact Statement Act

Housing Affordability Impact Statement Act Summary This bill would require all future legislation introduced in the general assembly, except those making a direct appropriation, whose purpose is to increase or decrease the cost of constructing, purchasing, owning or selling a […]

Ignition Interlock Device Act

Ignition Interlock Device Act Summary This bill provides for ignition interlock penalties for repeat drunk drivers and those who are found to have driven with a .15 blood alcohol content (BAC) or higher. Model Policy {Title, enacting clause, etc.} Section […]

Inclusive College Savings Plan Act

Inclusive College Savings Plan Act Summary This Act will increase opportunities for state residents to invest in 529 college savings plans. Model Legislation {Title, enacting clause, etc.} Section 1. {Title} This Act may be cited as the Inclusive College Savings […]

Independent Contractor Definition Act

Independent Contractor Definition Act Summary Many workers often characterize themselves as independent contractors due to beneficial tax incentives, etc. However, when the worker is injured on the job, the worker may want to characterize him/herself as an employee in order […]

Independent Performance Audits Act

Independent Performance Audits Act Intent Section The Legislature finds that it is essential that state governments establish credibility with the taxpayers by implementing independent performance audits to ensure accountability and guarantee that tax dollars are spent as cost-effectively as possible. […]

Independent Revenue Forecasting Act

Independent Revenue Forecasting Act Summary Faulty state revenue forecasts often result in huge budget gaps. Often, these gaps are so big that lawmakers push for tax increases to close the gap. However, proper budgetary procedures such as reliable revenue forecasting […]

Indiana Education Reform Package

Indiana Education Reform Package Summary The Indiana Education Reform Package is inspired by their comprehensive set of K–12 education reforms adopted by the Indiana Legislature in the spring of 2011 and signed by Governor Mitch Daniels. The components in this […]

Information Security Management Act

Information Security Management Act Summary An act concerning cyber security for communication and information resources in public agencies, and making an appropriation in connection therewith. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of _____________: Section 1. Article […]

Informed Student Document Act

Informed Student Document Act Summary To aid students and their parents, the Informed Student Document Act would publish the following outcomes by which a state’s universities can be compared: “Sticker-price” tuition relative to other institutions Net price, after grants and […]

Insurance Market Conduct Surveillance Act

Insurance Market Conduct Surveillance Act Table of Contents Section 1 Short Title Section 2 Purpose and Scope Section 3 Definitions Section 4 Immunity Section 5 General Powers and Duties of Commissioner Section 6 Relations with Other States Section 7 Market […]

Intermodal Policy Resolution

Intermodal Policy Resolution Summary [insert state here] Intermodel Policy Resolution supports the goal of an integrated transportation system that provides and enhances the Nation’s system of moving freight and people. Model Resolution WHEREAS, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of […]

Interstate Compact Sunshine Act

Interstate Compact Sunshine Act Summary Interstate compacts are a valuable and useful tool under the state and federal constitutions for the states to address public policy problems in a creative and imaginative manner. As with any form of public policy, […]

Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact Resolution

Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Compact Resolution WHEREAS, the states have successfully and effectively protected insurance consumers and ensured the safety and soundness of insurance companies operating in the United States for over 150 years; and WHEREAS, the states have regulatory […]

Interstate Research Commission on Climatic Change Act

Summary  ALEC’s model Interstate Research Commission Act on Climatic Change is designed to address scientific and economic aspects of the issue of climatic change through the development of a multistate research commission.  Key components of the bill include: state support […]

Intrastate Coal and Use Act

Summary The purpose of this bill is to create the Intrastate Coal and Use Act. The bill establishes that the environmental regulation of coal and certain coal products mined and used within the state are exclusively regulated by the {state} […]

Intrastate Forum Shopping Abuse Reform Act

 Summary Forum shopping has become a significant problem in civil litigation.  Certain counties have become magnets for attracting claims with little or no connection to that county.  The burdens placed on these magnets courts are unfair to the residents of […]

Intrastate Oil and Natural Gas Use Act

Intrastate Oil and Natural Gas Use Act Summary: The purpose of this bill is to create the Intrastate Oil and Natural Gas and Use Act.  The bill establishes that the environmental regulation of oil and natural gas extracted and used […]

Item-Reduction Veto Constitutional Amendment

Item-Reduction Veto Constitutional Amendment Summary Currently, governors in 43 states have the authority to reduce state spending through the use of the line-item veto. This authority allows governors to prevent, or at least moderate, “pork-barrel” spending. The theory behind the […]

Joint and Several Liability Act

Summary ALEC’s model Joint and Several Liability Act provides that each defendant is liable only for damages in direct proportion to that defendant’s fault. The Act also provides for consideration of fault of non-parties when assessing percentages of fault. Joint […]

Jury Patriotism Act

Model Legislation Section 1. {Short Title}  This Act shall be known and may be cited as the [Jury Patriotism Act].  Section 2. {Full Participation on Petit Juries of All Citizens}  It is the policy of this State that all qualified […]

Justice Safety Valve Act

Justice Safety Valve Act Summary This act would provide sentencing judges with discretion to depart from mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders who meet specified criteria. Model Policy {Title, enacting clause, etc.} {Section 1.} Title. This Act shall be known […]

Juvenile Offender Performance Incentive Funding Act

Juvenile Offender Performance Incentive Funding Act Summary The provisions of this act are intended to incentivize the reduction of juvenile re-offending, reduce costs to taxpayers, and increase victim restitution, by giving probation departments a share of the savings to the […]

K-12 Technology-Based Reading Intervention for English Learners Act

K-12 Technology-Based Reading Intervention for English Learners Act Summary The K-12 Technology-Based Reading Intervention for English Learners Act calls on the State Department of Education to implement a language development software program in grades K-12 to assist those identified as […]

Labor Peace Agreement Preemption Act

Labor Peace Agreement Preemption Act Summary Local governments are under constant pressure from labor unions to require employers to adopt “labor peace” agreements as a condition for granting business licenses, zoning variances, waivers, and the like. These agreements force employers […]

Landowners’ Liability Act

 Summary The Landowners’ Liability Act encourages landowners to make land and water areas available to the public for educational and recreational purposes by limiting the owners liability toward persons entering thereon for such purposes. The Act provides that owners of […]

Law Enforcement Officer Safety Equipment Fund Act

Law Enforcement Officer Safety Equipment Fund Act Summary The Act establishes a dedicated state law enforcement officer safety equipment fund to assist departments of public safety with the purchase of law enforcement officer safety equipment such as ballistic vests, electronic […]

Legal Consumer’s Bill of Rights Act

Model Legislation Section 1.  {Title} This Act shall be called and may be cited as the “[Legal Consumer’s Bill of Rights Act]”. Section 2.  {Purpose}  (A) For the average person, the legal process is confusing and expensive.  The often-complex path […]

Legislative Budget Audit Commission Act

Legislative Budget Audit Commission Act Summary The Legislative Budget Audit Commission Act creates an independent commission charged with rooting out waste, fraud, abuse, and inefficiency in state government. The commission will make recommendations that will save taxpayers money, send more […]

Limited Immunity for Persons Responding to Oil Spills Act

Summary  ALEC’s model Limited Immunity for Person’s Responding to Oil Spills Act is designed to improve the nation’s ability to respond to large oil spills in coastal and tidal areas through reducing risk of liability for persons responding to oil […]

Limits on Multiple Punitive Damages Resolution

 WHEREAS, multiple punitive damages claims are a major obstacle to comprehensive settlement negotiations in repetitive litigation between plaintiffs and dependents; and   WHEREAS, limiting multiple punitive damages awards would open the way for the prompt resolution of claims involving many injured […]

Litigation Accountability Act

Summary  This Act sets forth guidelines and procedures for determining when it is appropriate to impose sanctions for frivolous actions. Under the Act, parties who bring unjustified claims will be assessed court costs and attorneys’ fees. Model Legislation  Section 1. […]

Living Wage Mandate Preemption Act

Living Wage Mandate Preemption Act Summary The Living Wage Mandate Preemption Act repeals any local “living wage” mandates, ordinances or laws enacted by political subdivisions of the state. It also prohibits political subdivisions from enacting laws establishing “living wage” mandates […]

Local Government Transparency Act

Local Government Transparency Act Summary This Act requires that a unit of local government or school district having an annual budget equal to, or more than, $500,000 must maintain and post on its website for the current calendar or fiscal […]

Local Occupation Freedom Act

Summary Local government is often the more egregious offender in limiting economic opportunity for those with limited means, education, and income through occupational and professional regulations of various kinds, including licensing, certification, registration, franchising, and bonding regulations. It is not […]

Long Term Asset Management Act

Long Term Asset Management Act Summary This Act encourages the state Department of Transportation to develop and implement long-term asset management strategies and programs for all transportation infrastructure assets. This Act also encourages the Department of Transportation to work in […]

Long-Term Care Tax Credit Act

Long-Term Care Tax Credit Act Model Legislation Section 1. Title. This Act may be cited as the “Long-Term Care Tax Credit Act”. Section 2. Main Provisions. (A) A taxpayer shall be allowed a credit against the state income tax in […]

Madison Amendment

Madison Amendment Summary Without making any change to the structure of the Constitution of the United States of America, the Madison Amendment guarantees that states have the power to limit the scope of an Article V Convention to just a […]

Mandated Benefits Review Act

Mandated Benefits Review Act  Model Legislation Section 1. Title. This Act may be cited as the “Mandated Benefits Review Act.” Section 2. Statement of Purpose. The purpose of this Act is to provide for a review of mandated benefits.  This […]

Medicaid Block Grant Act

Medicaid Block Grant Act Summary This Act relates to reforms designed to support state Medicaid programs, including requesting federal authorization to fund the state Medicaid program through a block grant or similar funding; establishes eligibility requirements, sliding scale subsidies, provisions […]

Medicaid Consumer-Directed Care Act

Medicaid Consumer-Directed Care Act  Summary The purpose of this Act is to allow consumers to be in charge of directing their own care.  In the existing system, disabled Medicaid beneficiaries have very little control over the long term care services […]

Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Act

Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Act Summary The purpose of this Act is to implement a coordinated, capitated long-term care program for Medicaid beneficiaries who are chronically ill or have disabilities and who need health and long-term care services and […]

Medicaid Reimbursement for Drugs Act

Medicaid Reimbursement for Drugs Act Summary This Act repeals the ability of current or future state Medicaid programs to restrict access to drugs with closed formularies. Specifically, the legislation states that no state department, division, or agency shall maintain a […]

Medical Treatment Decision Act

Medical Treatment Decision Act Model Legislation Section 1. Title.  This Act shall be known and may be cited as the “Medical Treatment Decision Act.” Section 2. Findings. The legislature finds that a competent adult has been traditionally reorganized as having […]

Model Act On Private Enforcement Of Consumer Protection Statutes

Model Act on Private Enforcement of Consumer Protection Statutes Summary State consumer protection statutes, frequently known as “unfair and deceptive trade practices acts,” vary widely from state to state.  ALEC’s Model Act on Private Enforcement of Consumer Protection Statutes structures […]

Model Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

Model Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act Summary: Reconciling federal privacy law with requests by fiduciaries and executors for access to digital assets of deceased person, has raised serious conflict of law and preemption questions for the states and privacy […]

Model Policies Annual Meeting 2013

In August 2013, ALEC members met in Chicago to discuss and debate new model policies. Below is a full list of newly adopted policies from the 2013 Annual Meeting. All model policies are subject to review and reaffirmation every five […]

Model Resolution on Limited Government

Model Resolution on Limited Government Summary: This resolution encourages Congress and legislatures to recognize and honor the necessary limitations of government, and to restore greater economic liberty to their citizens for the sake of freedom itself. WHEREAS, the proper role […]

Model Rules Governing Discovery of Electronically Stored Information and Limitations on Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product

Model Legislation  Rule 1. {Definitions} In these rules: (A) “Discovery” means the process of providing information in a civil proceeding in the courts of this state pursuant to [insert reference to state rules of civil procedure or these rules]. (B)  […]

Model State Administrative Tax Tribunal Act

Model State Administrative Tax Tribunal Act Section 1. Statement of Purpose To increase public confidence in the fairness of the State tax system, the State shall provide an independent agency with tax expertise to resolve disputes between the [department of […]

Model State Bill Prohibiting Wireless Handsets in Prisons*

Model State Bill Prohibiting Wireless Handsets in Prisons* Summary: Most prisons prohibit inmates from possessing mobile phones or wireless handsets due to their ability to communicate with the outside world, which raises concerns about prison security. They provide inmates with the ability to […]

Multiple Award Schedule Contracts Act

Multiple Award Schedule Contracts Act Summary This Act allows state contracts to be awarded via Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contracts. MAS contracts provide state agencies the freedom to evaluate vendors based upon a variety of factors including: discounts, total lifecycle […]

Municipal Telecommunications Private Industry Safeguards Act

Municipal Telecommunications Private Industry Safeguards Act Summary The Legislature recognizes the importance of the widespread provision of telecommunications and advanced services and cable television services. For the vast majority of citizens these services are provided by private entities. In certain […]

National Teacher Certification Fairness Act

National Teacher Certification Fairness Act Summary This act creates a level and open playing field between nationally recognized teacher certification programs. Model Legislation Section 1. {Short Title.} The National Teacher Certification Fairness Act. Section 2. {Open Competition.} Wherever possible in […]

Navigator Background Check Act

Navigator Background Check Act Summary This bill creates registration and reporting procedures for health care insurance navigators in {insert state}. Model Policy Section 1. Title. This Act shall be known as the “Navigator Background Check Act.” Section 2. Definitions. “Health […]

Neutrality and Integrity in Software Procurement Act

Neutrality and Integrity in Software Procurement Act Summary This Act amends the state’s procurement rules to preserve choice, competition, and integrity in the state’s selection and installation of software products. It requires that software procurement decisions made by the state […]

Non-Potable Groundwater Use Act

Non-Potable Groundwater Use Act PURPOSE :  The purpose of this act is to remediate contaminated water that is not usable as drinking water and make it available for an appropriate and beneficial use and to set standards for alternative use. […]

Noneconomic Damage Awards Act

Noneconomic Damage Awards Act Summary The Noneconomic Damage Awards Act provides that an award for noneconomic damages shall not exceed a fixed amount adopted by the legislature or the amount awarded in economic damages, whichever amount is greater. Economic damages, […]

Notice and Opportunity to Repair Act

Summary A Claimant filing a Construction Defect suit must provide written notice of each alleged Construction Defect to a Contractor 90 days before a suit is filed and provide the evidence supporting such claim.  Claimants must provide Contractors reasonable access […]

Ombudsman Act

Ombudsman Act Summary This Act insures proper safeguards are in place to protect the rights of property owners guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution and state constitutions. Model Policy Section 1.  {Short title}  This Act may be referred to as the […]

Omnibus Concurrent Resolution

OMNIBUS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Summary This resolution contemplates two congressional legislative acts (the Article V convention call, ratification selection), condensing them into one counterpart federal legislative act and is a companion bill to the Draft Compact for America. Model Resolution ____ […]

Online Bidding Act

Online Bidding Act Summary This Act would allow public agencies to use on-line, electronic bidding as a means of obtaining bids from vendors for the procurement of goods, services, construction and information services. Model Legislation Section 1. {Title} This Act […]

Online Learning Clearinghouse Act

Online Learning Clearinghouse Act Summary The Online Learning Clearinghouse Act creates a clearinghouse through which school districts may offer their computer-based courses to students of other school districts. Model Policy Section 1. {Title.} Online Learning Clearinghouse Act Section 2. {Definitions.} […]

Online Motor Vehicle Insurance Verification Act

Online Motor Vehicle Insurance Verification Act Summary An Act relating to motor vehicle insurance; providing for the establishment of an online verification system; providing for codification; and providing an effective date. Model Policy Section 1. {Title} This act may be […]

Open Contracting Act

Open Contracting Act Summary This act prohibits public agencies from imposing labor requirements as a condition of performing public works. Model Policy {Title, enacting clause, etc.} Section 1. {Title} This Act shall be known and may be cited as the […]

Opportunity to Correct

Summary This legislation adds to the state inspector toolbox one more tool to help ensure compliance with state and federal laws.  This tool would be used prior to the issuance of a Notice of Violation (NOV).  It allows for the […]

Optional Medicaid Benefits Evaluation Act

Optional Medicaid Benefits Evaluation Act Model Legislation Section 1. Title.  This Act shall be known as the “Optional Medicaid Benefits Evaluation Act.” Section 2. Definitions. (A)  “Medicaid” is the federal Title XIX Medical Assistance program administered by states and funded […]

Organ Donation Tax Deduction Act

Organ Donation Tax Deduction Act  Model Policy Section 1. Title.  This Act may be cited as the “Organ Donation Tax Deduction Act.” Section 2. Purpose.  The purpose of the “Organ Donation Tax Deduction Act” is to create an individual income […]

Out-Of-State Charity Care Act

Out-Of-State Charity Care Act Summary and Background This Act permits out-of-state health care professionals to provide charity care at free medical clinics. The health care professionals must be licensed in another state or territory and must restrict the services provided […]

Parent Trigger Act

Parent Trigger Act Summary The Parent Trigger Act places democratic control into the hands of parents at school level. Parents can, with a simple majority, opt to usher in one of three choice-based options of reform: (1) transforming their school […]

Patient’s Right To Know Act

Patient’s Right To Know Act Model Legislation Section 1. Title.  This Act shall be known as the “Patient’s Right to Know Act.” Section 2. Purpose. The purpose of this legislation is to provide health care consumers with better information on […]

Patients First Medicaid Reform Act

Patients First Medicaid Reform Act Summary This legislation would put patients in charge of their care and provide them incentives to control their medical dollars.  Although not spelled out in the legislation itself, as with all waivers and model legislation, […]

Pension Funding and Fairness Act

Pension Funding and Fairness Act Summary The Act combines a traditional spending limit with debt paydown, rainy day fund, and taxpayer refund provisions.  First, the Act establishes a Spending Growth Index of inflation plus population growth which is used as […]

Performance Based Permitting Act

Performance Based Permitting Act SUMMARY:  An act to establish performance based environmental permitting system, to include an environmental incentives program. Be It Enacted by the State of ­___________: Section 1.  Short Title:  This act shall be known as the “Performance […]

Periodic Payment of Judgments Act

Summary The Periodic Payment of Judgments Act modifies the common law rule requiring that judgments be paid as a lump sum. The modifications provided by the Act allow a claimant to be paid in two or more installments funded by […]

Personal and Business Flat Tax Act

Personal and Business Flat Tax Act Summary This Act establishes a single, flat-rate tax on personal and business income. Though the ultimate flat tax on income is 0 percent or no income tax at all, if an income tax is […]

Pipeline Replacement and Infrastructure Modernization and Enhancement Act

Section 1.  Short Title. This Act may be called the Pipeline Replacement and Infrastructure Modernization and Enhancement Act (PRIME). Section 2. Purpose. The purpose of this Act is to accelerate the replacement of any existing deteriorating natural gas pipe with upgraded pipe by […]

Policy Statement on Alternative Fuels

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) resolves that government should not mandate what type of motor vehicle or fuel is best.  Instead, it should set reasonable emission performance standards and allow the private sector flexibility to develop vehicles and fuels […]

Political Funding Reform Act

Political Funding Reform Act Summary This model bill prohibits the payroll deduction of monies used for political purposes. It also establishes penalties for a violation of this section. Model Policy Section 1. {Short Title} This Act shall be known as […]

Pollution Control or Abatement Flexibility Act

Summary The Pollution Control or Abatement Flexibility Act is designed to encourage the development and use of innovative technology that improves environmental protection. The Act would reduce regulatory burdens by letting a state environmental agency enter into a contract with […]

Pollution Prevention Act

Pollution Prevention Act Summary ALEC’s model Pollution Prevention Act is designed to ensure public health and safety through the reduction in the use and release of toxic chemicals and reduce the generation of hazardous waste. Key components of the bill […]

Power Plant Siting Act

Summary This Act creates a single Board that functions as the permitting authority for all governmental approvals necessary to site a Power Plant in the state. Model Legislation Section 1. {Title} This act shall be known and may be cited […]

Pre-emption of Local Agriculture Laws Act

Pre-emption of Local Agriculture Laws Act Summary Makes legislative finding and declaration that regulation of agricultural seed, flower seed and vegetable seed and products of agricultural seed, flower seed and vegetable seed be reserved to state. Prohibits enactment or enforcement […]

Prejudgment and Post-Judgment Act

Summary The Model Prejudgment and Post-judgment Interest Act provides for the reform of statutory interest rates for both prejudgment and post-judgment interest. The Act also provides a six month exception to prejudgment interest and a provision encouraging offers of settlement. […]

Prevailing Wage Repeal Act

Prevailing Wage Repeal Act Summary This act repeals all laws that require administratively determined employee compensation rates, including wages, salaries and benefits. Model Policy Section 1. {Short Title.} This Act shall be known as the Prevailing Wage Repeal Act. Section […]

Principles on Online Privacy

Principles on Online Privacy The American Legislative Exchange Council acknowledges that a market environment is essential for future success of the Internet. The proposed set of policies accounts for new technologies and tools that effectively empower consumers to protect their […]

Prior Authorization Resolution

Prior Authorization Resolution  Summary This resolution was developed by the Health Care Task Force for state legislators to show support for open access to pharmaceuticals as an effective method of containing costs in the total Medicaid budget.  This resolution also […]

Private Attorney Retention Sunshine Act

Model Legislation Section 1. {Title} This act may be known as the Private Attorney Retention Sunshine Act Section 2. {Definitions} (A) For the purposes of this Act, a contract in excess of $1,000,000 is one in which the fee paid […]

Private Enforcement of Consumer Protection Statutes Act

Private Enforcement of Consumer Protection Statutes Act Summary State consumer protection statutes, frequently known as “unfair and deceptive trade practices acts,” vary widely from state to state.  ALEC’s Model Act on Private Enforcement of Consumer Protection Statutes structures the private […]

Privatization and Initiative Panel Act

Privatization and Initiative Panel Act Summary This bill establishes a privatization initiative panel to consider government priorities by determining what activities are inherently governmental and which could be more efficiency provided by a private source. The process should bring a […]

Product Liability Act

Product Liability Act Summary The Model Product Liability Act (“Model PLA”) provides legislators with core product liability provisions reflecting the best practices of the states.  Approximately twenty states have codified their product liability laws; several did so based on the […]

Product Liability Resolution

Product Liability Resolution Summary ALEC’s model Product Liability Resolution recognizes that most manufacturers engage in interstate commerce, and that the state product liability reform effort would be benefited by the establishment of a uniform product liability standard at the federal […]

Prohibition Against Regulation of Nutritional Information Dissemination

Prohibition Against Regulation of Nutritional Information Dissemination Section 1. (1) A municipality may not regulate the dissemination of nutritional information or the content required to be placed on a menu, menu board, or food tag by a restaurant, eating establishment, […]

Prohibition on Paid Union Activity (Release Time) by Public Employees Act

Prohibition on Paid Union Activity (Release Time) by Public Employees Act Summary This Act prohibits “release time”—the practice of paying a public employee a public salary for time spent in union recruiting and representation activities. In some cases, public employees […]

Promoting Transparency in State Unfunded Liabilities

Promoting Transparency in State Unfunded Liabilities It is clear that citizens are demanding greater transparency in accounting for the costs of state and local government. Given the large and growing unfunded liabilities in pension and other post employment benefit plans, […]

Property Investment Protection Act

Summary This act protects against the diminution of the value of a private home or other property investment when government action is taken to serve a public purpose by making changes in a property’s land use or zoning status. Model […]

Property Owners Disclosure Act

Summary This legislation requires that certain scientific data collected on private property by state environmental officials may not be compiled in a way that identifies the property owner’s land unless expressly authorized by the property owner to do so. Further, […]

Property/Casualty Insurance Modernization Act

Property/Casualty Insurance Modernization Act Summary This model bill establishes a use and file rate regulatory system for personal lines of insurance, a no-file system for commercial lines, and allows policies sold to large, sophisticated commercial insurance providers to be exempt […]

Protecting Property Rights to Facilitate Species Conservation

An act relating to the authority of a political subdivision to prepare and implement a regional habitat conservation plan or habitat conservation plan or to enter into a conservation agreement. Be it enacted by the State of____________________________ : Section 1. […]

Public Employee Bargaining Transparency Act

Public Employee Bargaining Transparency Act Summary This model bill opens public-sector collective bargaining sessions and documents to the public. Model Policy A bill to amend the Code of [STATE] by adding a section related to transparency in public-sector collective bargaining. […]

Public Employee Freedom Act

Public Employee Freedom Act Summary Excluded from National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), public employees are subject to state and local laws governing collective bargaining. Many of these laws are “monopoly bargaining laws,” which means that even if an employee chooses […]

Public Employee Paycheck Protection Act

Public Employee Paycheck Protection Act  Summary Though states have broad authority to allow deductions from individuals’ paychecks if those individuals request or allow it, a one-time permission should not suffice to allow any kind of deduction to occur for the […]

Public Lands Policy Coordination Act

Summary This bill creates a state Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office and the Public Lands Policy Coordinating Council for the purpose of creating a cohesive public lands policy and maximizing recognition of state and local interest in the federal land […]

Public Prerogatives Act

Public Prerogatives Act Summary Union contracts often constrain public agencies from obtaining or producing public services for the lowest cost. In the competitive private sector, the cost of contract provisions that limit contracting or the ability of management to assign […]

Public Transportation Consumer Protection Act

Public Transportation Consumer Protection Act Summary ALEC’s model Public Transportation Consumer Protection Act is designed to provide the lowest possible cost of public transportation, consistent with service quality and safety standards by creating a competitive environment in which both public […]

Public Welfare Accountability Act

Public Welfare Accountability Act Summary State public welfare departments are arguably one of the fastest-growing departments in state government.  Not only is the cost of actual assistance growing exponentially, but the appropriation needed to fund the permanent welfare bureaucracy have […]

Punitive Damages Standards Act

Punitive Damages Standards Act Summary The Punitive Damages Standards Act establishes a standard for liability for punitive damages, raises the burden of proof to clear and convincing evidence, allows a bifurcated trial on the question of whether the defendant is […]

Pupil Transportation Cost-Effectiveness Act

Pupil Transportation Cost-Effectiveness Act Summary ALEC’s model Pupil Transportation Cost-Effectiveness Act is designed to reduce school bus expenditures, without reducing quality or safety, by competitively contracting out school bus services. Key components to the bill include: Model Policy Section 1. […]

Quality Education and Teacher and Principal Protection Act

Section 1. {Title} This act may be known as the “Quality Education and Teacher and Principal Protection Act.” Section 2. {Legislative findings} The Legislature finds that ensuring the quality of primary and secondary public education is a compelling State interest. […]

Rational Use of a Product Act

Summary  The ALEC model Rational Use of a Product Act clarifies the law as to when a manufacturer or other seller is subject to liability for injuries stemming from misuse of its products: the alleged injury must result from the […]

Recidivism Reduction Act

Recidivism Reduction Act Summary Research and practice over the past 25 years have identified new strategies and policies that can make a significant dent in recidivism rates. Implementing these research-backed programs and procedures is called “evidence-based practice.” This Act requires […]

Recycled/Refined Oil Labeling Act

Summary:  ALEC’s model recycled/refined Oil Labeling Act is designed to reduce the amount of used oil improperly disposed and increase the amount that is reused by establishing a recycled/re-refined oil standard. Section 1. {Short title} This act shall be known […]

Regional Air Quality Interstate Compact

 1) EXECUTION OF INTERSTATE COMPACT. This state enacts the Regional Air Quality Compact and enters into the compact with all other states legally joining in the compact in substantially the following form:  2) RESTORING STATE RESPONSIBILITY. Each party state shall […]

Regional Health Care Coalition Act

Regional Health Care Coalition Act Summary This Act authorizes the insurance commissioner to establish a coalition of like-minded states with reciprocity agreements for the approval, offer, sale, and rating of comprehensive major medical health insurance plans.  The coalition would also […]

Regulatory Class Action Reform Act

Summary Regulatory class actions—in which plaintiff attorneys seek not only to win large monetary awards, but also to regulate the marketplace and manage relations between regulated firms and consumers—empower private attorneys with personal agendas to act as de facto regulators.  […]

Regulatory Compliance Congruity with Liability Act

Regulatory Compliance Congruity with Liability Act Summary State legislatures and Congress have charged certain government agencies with ensuring that products are safe for public use and that services are provided in a manner that adequately protects consumers.  Government regulations provide […]

Regulatory Costs Fairness Act

Regulatory Costs Fairness Act Section 1. Diminution in value; just compensation  A. If the existing rights to use, divide, sell or possess private real property are reduced by the enactment or applicability of any land use law enacted after the […]

Regulatory Flexibility Act

Regulatory Flexibility Act Summary A policy* to improve state rulemaking by creating procedures to analyze the availability of more flexible regulatory approaches for small businesses. Findings: (1) A vibrant and growing small business sector is critical to creating jobs in […]

Regulatory Modernization Act

Regulatory Modernization Act Summary ALEC’s principles for telecommunications deregulation recognize that, since the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was enacted, the telecommunications industry has continually experienced “fits and starts” in advancing deregulation, technology, and furthering competition. Consequently, the process of bringing […]

Regulatory Review and Rescission Act

Regulatory Review and Rescission Act Purpose: Section 1 of this Act institutes a system allowing state lawmakers to examine the efficacy of regulations before implementation, reviewing costs, benefits, and potential impacts on employment.  Section 2 provides a system of retrospective […]

Reliability in Expert Testimony Standards Act

The Reliability in Expert Testimony Standards Act  Section 1.  {Short Title}  This Act may be known and cited as the Reliability in Expert Testimony Standards Act. Section 2.  {FRE 701: Opinion Testimony by Lay Witnesses} If the witness is not […]

Renewable Energy Credit Act

Renewable Energy Credit Act Summary: This act promotes the full use of voluntary markets to satisfy existing Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) requirements, while maintaining the existing structure and operation of the state’s electricity market and relationships with regional and national […]

Rent Control Preemption Act

Rent Control Preemption Act Summary This legislation would effectively preempt all rent control ordinances at the local level. As a result, local governments would be prohibited from enacting, maintaining or enforcing an ordinance that would have the effect of controlling […]

Rescission External Review Act

Rescission External Review Act Model Policy Section 1. Short Title.  This Act may be cited as the “Rescission External Review Act.” Section 2. Purpose.  The purpose of this Act is to assure that covered persons have an opportunity for an […]

Resolution Adopting the 10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning for K-12

Resolution Adopting the 10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning for K-12 Expressing the will of the Legislature to ensure the necessary conditions for expanded high-quality digital learning opportunities for the students of [State]. WHEREAS, academic success in the 21st century, […]

Resolution Against PPACA Health Insurance Exchanges

Resolution Against PPACA Health Insurance Exchanges Summary Twenty-six states have joined in a lawsuit to have the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) ruled unconstitutional.  Nevertheless, many of the plaintiff states continue to plan PPACA health insurance exchanges, […]

Resolution Calling for Increased Use of Healthy Oils

WHEREAS, both trans and saturated fatty acids have been recognized as unhealthy and have been associated with increased heart and circulatory diseases, WHEREAS, heart disease is a preventable disease costing the economy millions of dollars annually, WHEREAS, numerous public agencies […]

Resolution Calling on the Federal Government to Maximize Its Stimulus Support for Broadband Internet Adoption and Use Programs

Resolution Calling on the Federal Government to Maximize Its Stimulus Support for Broadband Internet Adoption and Use Programs WHEREAS, among the approximately 92 percent of American households that have access to broadband Internet services, only about 61 percent of U.S. […]

Resolution Concerning EPA Proposed Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for New and Existing Fossil-Fueled Power Plants

Resolution Concerning EPA Proposed Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for New and Existing Fossil-Fueled Power Plants Summary: This resolution establishes a state’s responsibility for establishing emission standards and recognizes EPA’s responsibility for establishing guidelines which, when done properly, will lead to […]

Resolution Concerning the Prohibition of Imported Prescription Drugs

Resolution concerning the Prohibition of Imported Prescription Drugs Model Resolution WHEREAS, the use of safe and legal prescription drugs improves the quality of care and helps patients live healthier, longer, and more productive lives while keeping them out of more […]

Resolution Demanding that Congress Convey Title of Federal Public Lands to the States

Resolution Demanding that Congress Convey Title of Federal Public Lands to the States Summary This resolution urges the US federal government to extinguish title and government jurisdiction over public lands that are held in trust by the US federal government […]

Resolution Encouraging Congress to Maintain Local Property Tax Deduction

Resolution Encouraging Congress to Maintain Local Property Tax Deduction Model Resolution WHEREAS, state and local property taxes cost the typical American roughly $1,100 annually; and WHEREAS, 38 states levy separate state and local property taxes, but 96 percent of property […]

Resolution for Limitations on Authority of state Delegates to a ‘Convention for Proposing Amendments’ under Article V of the US Constitution

Limitations on Authority Of [insert state] Delegates to a “Convention for Proposing Amendments” (Article V, United States of America Constitution) Summary The purpose of this resolution is to place limits on the delegates appointed to a Constitutional Convention called under […]

Resolution for Reform of Counterproductive Export Control Policies

Resolution for Reform of Counterproductive Export Control Policies Policy Summary A number of American goods and products have potentially lucrative export markets but are unable to access them because of misguided and often outdated export control restrictions.  This resolution seeks […]

Resolution in Favor of a Federal Flat Tax

Resolution in Favor of a Federal Flat Tax Summary The current federal income tax system is economically destructive and inconsistent with the principles of a free society. Most economists and accountants agree that the current code is needlessly complex, and […]

Resolution in Favor of a Tax Credit on Charitable Donations

Resolution in Favor of a Tax Credit on Charitable Donations Summary This Resolution encourages Congress to pass legislation which would provide a charitable tax credit for charitable contributions to private and religious charities. Model Resolution WHEREAS, the power of local […]

Resolution in Favor of a U.S. Constitutional Amendment on Judicial Taxation

Resolution in Favor of a U.S. Constitutional Amendment on Judicial Taxation Summary This resolution calls on the U.S. Congress to adopt a constitutional amendment that would re-affirm the separation of powers established by the Constitution. The Constitution states that the […]

Resolution in Opposing State Bailouts by the Federal Government

Resolution in Opposing State Bailouts by the Federal Government WHEREAS each State of the Union is a sovereign entity with a constitution and authority to issue sovereign debt; WHEREAS the legislature of each State of the Union has the authority […]

Resolution in Opposition to a Carbon Tax

Resolution in Opposition to a Carbon Tax Summary This resolution highlights the important role that energy independence plays in U.S. national security, and that access to electricity is both an imperative for Americans’ well-being and for economic growth.  A carbon […]

Resolution in Opposition to a Consumer Financial Protection Agency

Resolution in Opposition to a Consumer Financial Protection Agency WHEREAS, Congress is considering legislation which would create a Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA); and WHEREAS, the CFPA is a new federal agency that will increase spending and taxes during a […]

Resolution in Opposition to any Increase in the Starting (Minimum) Wage

Resolution in Opposition to any Increase in the Starting (Minimum) Wage Summary The Resolution in Opposition to Any Increase in the Starting (Minimum) Wage recognizes that increasing the starting (minimum) wage is counterproductive. An increase in the starting wage makes […]

Resolution in Opposition to Discriminatory Food and Beverage Taxes

Resolution in Opposition to Discriminatory Food and Beverage Taxes  WHEREAS this global recession has spread economic stress across all income levels, with lower and middle-income Americans especially hard hit; WHEREAS a frugal lifestyle and stretching the daily living expenses is […]

Resolution in Opposition to Frivolous Complaints and Permit Extortion

Resolution in Opposition to Frivolous Complaints and Permit Extortion Summary The Resolution in Opposition to Frivolous Complaints and Permit Extortion recognizes that some unions have engaged in questionable pressure tactics to put open shop companies out of business or force […]

Resolution in Opposition to Government Imposed Caps or Elimination of ATM Service Charges

Resolution in Opposition to Government Imposed Caps or Elimination of ATM Service Charges Summary This resolution opposes government imposed caps or elimination of ATM service charges. ATMs are widely used machines that many consumers rely upon to conveniently bank 24 […]

Resolution in Opposition to Mandatory Unitary Combined Reporting

Resolution in Opposition to Mandatory Unitary Combined Reporting Summary Many states have adopted, or are considering adopting, mandatory unitary combined reporting (“MUCR”) into their corporate tax regimes. MUCR may be an aggressive reporting method used to determine state taxable income […]

Resolution in Opposition to the EPA’s “Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule” and the treatment of biomass energy

 WHEREAS, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is once again attempting to regulate greenhouse gases in opposition to ALEC’s 2008 resolution[1] and long-standing policies; and  WHEREAS, EPA is now attempting to make bad policies worse by making the proposed rule excessively […]

Resolution in Opposition to Value-Added Taxes

Resolution in Opposition to Value-Added Taxes WHEREAS, a value-added tax (VAT) is a consumption tax placed on products whenever value is added and at final sale, typically with credits, complex recordkeeping, and varying rates for different products, and WHEREAS, the […]

Resolution in Opposition to Violence in Labor Disputes

Resolution in Opposition to Violence in Labor Disputes Summary The Anti-Racketeering Act of 1934 (The Copeland Act) marked the beginning of federal authority to prosecute and punish criminal acts of extortion affecting commerce. In response to union fears that the […]

Resolution in Response to EPA’s Plan to Regulate Greenhouse Gases under the Clean Air Act

Resolution in Response to EPA’s Plan to Regulate Greenhouse Gases under the Clean Air Act WHEREAS, the President has directed EPA to issue regulations setting greenhouse gas emission New Source Performance Standards for new power plants and for modified, reconstructed, […]

Resolution in Support of Agriculture Research Charities

Resolution in Support of Agriculture Research Charities Whereas, federal spending on agricultural research has already recently been trending downward, and further needed spending reform is likely to result in further cuts, Whereas, agriculture will be called upon to feed a […]

Resolution in Support of Availability of Certificate of Rehabilitation in Cases Involving Certain Nonviolent Offenses

Resolution in Support of Availability of Certificate of Rehabilitation in Cases Involving Certain Nonviolent Offenses Summary This Resolution recognizes the importance of adopting policies that provide discretion to enable those convicted of a certain nonviolent offense to obtain a certificate […]

Resolution in Support of Deepening U.S-Georgia Trade Relations

 Resolution in Support of Deepening U.S-Georgia Trade Relations  Summary This resolution encourages the United States to strengthen and deepen its trade and economic relations with the Republic of Georgia including but not limited to initiating negotiations on a US-Georgia Free […]

Resolution in Support of Efforts to Promote Impartial, Independent, and Highly-Qualified State Judiciaries

WHEREAS, most states select judges at some level through a form of popular election and many fill interim vacancies through appointments; WHEREAS, state judicial elections have become increasingly contentious and expensive in recent years; WHEREAS, the tone of judicial elections […]

Resolution in Support of Electric Power Grid Modernization Principles

Resolution in Support of Electric Power Grid Modernization Principles Summary Several state legislatures and state public utility commissions are examining ways to modernize their electric power grids. These efforts to modernize electric power grids have raised significant issues relating to […]

Resolution in Support of Evidence-based Medical Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

Resolution in Support of Evidence-based Medical Treatment for Substance Use Disorders Summary State spending on corrections has grown faster than almost any other budget item in the past 20 years, reaching nearly $50 billion dollars. Prison populations have risen dramatically […]

Resolution in Support of Expansion of Foreign Markets for America’s Small Businesses

Resolution in Support of Expansion of Foreign Markets for America’s Small Businesses Summary This resolution outlines the benefits that accrue to companies (even small ones) that engage in international trade.  Additionally, it asserts that a state’s economic growth and ability […]

Resolution in Support of Fair Recourse and Effective Deterrence Against Frivolous Claims

Summary  This resolution supports efforts to provide victims of frivolous lawsuits with an effective and fair means to seek reimbursement of their legal expenses.  A single frivolous claim can easily cripple an individual or small business.  Changes to the Federal […]

Resolution in Support of Federal Pension Portability Legislation

Resolution in Support of Federal Pension Portability Legislation Summary This resolution supports federal legislation designed to improve portability and raise contribution limits to retirement programs such as 403(b), 401(k), 457 and 401(a) plans. This legislation is especially important to public […]

Resolution in Support of H.O.P.E.

Resolution in Support of H.O.P.E. Summary This Resolution recognizes the progress Hawaii’s HOPE program has exhibited in lowering the crime rate amongst probationers.  The resolution also supports the program and its success and aims to replicate its results in other […]

Resolution in Support of Insurance Commissioners’ Exclusive State Regulatory Authority Over Variable Life Insurance and Variable Annuities

Resolution in Support of Insurance Commissioners’ Exclusive State Regulatory Authority Over Variable Life Insurance and Variable Annuities Model Resolution WHEREAS, variable life insurance and variable annuities are subject to a comprehensive federal and state regulatory structure, enforced by state insurance […]

Resolution in Support of Intellectual Property Rights Protection

Resolution in Support of Intellectual Property Rights Protection Summary This resolution recognizes the importance of protecting Intellectual Property (IP) both domestically and beyond our borders. Intellectual property theft has a significant impact on economies around the world, and the sale […]

Resolution in Support of Justice Reinvestment

Resolution in Support of Justice Reinvestment Summary State spending on corrections has grown faster than almost any other budget item in the past 20 years, reaching nearly $52 billion dollars in tight economic times. Prison populations have risen dramatically and […]

Resolution in support of modernizing the federal Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976

Resolution in support of modernizing the federal Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 WHEREAS, American consumers deserve to have confidence that the products they buy, when used for their intended purposes, are safe; and WHEREAS, a federal chemical management program […]

Resolution in Support of Oral Health Curriculum

Resolution in Support of Oral Health Curriculum WHEREAS, oral health is distinct from other aspects of health care in that oral health predominantly relates to two diseases—caries and periodontal disease—both of which are largely preventable; and WHEREAS, unlike in medicine, emergency room […]

Resolution in Support of Preserving Reasonable Limits on Wrongful Death Actions

Summary  This resolution responds to recent attempts in several state legislatures to expand both the scope of damages authorized and the class of claimants permitted to bring claims under wrongful death acts.  These efforts, spearheaded by the personal injury bar […]

Resolution in Support of Private Sector Colleges and Universities

Resolution in Support of Private Sector Colleges and Universities WHEREAS, private sector colleges enroll nearly 2.6 million students in the United States and comprise 42 percent of the 6,667 Title-IV eligible postsecondary institutions; and WHEREAS, private sector colleges serve a […]

Resolution in Support of Proper Timber Harvesting as a Management Tool to Ensure Better Forest Health

WHEREAS, the health of the national forests and the economies of rural communities area at risk as a result of national forest management practices; WHEREAS, the threat of wildfire, insects, and disease endangers the health, happiness and well-being of American […]

Resolution in Support of Reporting Requirements for Public Sector Unions

Resolution in Support of Reporting Requirements for Public Sector Unions Summary Currently, public sector unions are not required to adhere to the same reporting requirements as private sector unions. The Resolution In Support of Reporting Requirements for Public Sector Unions […]

Resolution in Support of Statutes of Limitations that Promote Certainty and Fairness in Civil Litigation

Summary  All civil claims are subject to statutes of limitations. These laws are basically a legal “countdown” that begins when someone is injured. When the time period expires, a claim may no longer be brought. For example, statutes of limitations […]

Resolution in Support of the Keystone XL Pipeline

WHEREAS, The United States relies – and will continue to rely for many years – on gasoline, diesel and jet fuel despite the recent focus on renewable and alternative sources of energy, and WHEREAS, In order to fuel our economy, […]

Resolution in Support of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission Standards

Resolution in Support of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission Standards WHEREAS, in June 2009, the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission released national standards for the prevention, detection, response, and monitoring of sexual abuse in U.S. detention facilities; and WHEREAS, […]

Resolution In Support of the PhRMA Code and Corporate Self-Regulation

Resolution In Support of the PhRMA Code and Corporate Self-Regulation Model Resolution WHEREAS, Health care is an expanding portion of state budgets; and WHEREAS, Prescription medicines, which comprise only 10 cents per health care dollar spent, are being used more […]

Resolution in Support of the Regulations from the Executive In Need Of Scrutiny (REINS) Act.

WHEREAS, the Constitution of the United States of America charges the Congress with all legislative powers; and  WHEREAS,Members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate have excessively delegated that power to the executive branch with […]

Resolution In Support Of The Second Chance Act

Resolution In Support Of The Second Chance Act WHEREAS, more and more people are being released from prison and jail in the US every year.   Two million Americans are serving time in prison and ninety-seven percent of those people […]

Resolution in Support of the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act

Resolution in Support of the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Summary This Resolution urges Congress to continue and work to expand the program created under the “Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act” (TIFIA). The TIFIA program remains one of […]

Resolution in Support of Victim-Offender Mediation

Resolution in Support of Victim-Offender Mediation Summary Victim Offender Mediation is a face-to-face meeting, in the presence of a trained mediator, between the victim of a crime and the person who committed that crime. Used mostly in cases of low-level property […]

Resolution in Support of Voucher-Based Models for Selection of Counsel for Indigent Defendants in Criminal Cases

Resolution in Support of Voucher-Based Models for the Selection of Counsel for Indigent Defendants in Criminal Cases Summary This Resolution recognizes that an inherent conflict-of-interests exists when indigent counsel is selected by a court rather than the defendant, and it […]

Resolution in Support of Workforce Housing in America

Resolution in Support of Workforce Housing in America WHEREAS, working families are finding it increasingly difficult to purchase or rent a home in or close to the communities where they work; and WHEREAS, many moderate-income workers are working two or […]

Resolution on Alternative Fuels

Summary ALEC’s model resolution on alternative fuels opposes the use of command and control type mechanisms to encourage alternative fuel use. Model Resolution WHEREAS, Approximately 180 million vehicles are on the road using nearly 300 million gallons of fuel a […]

Resolution On Animal Antibiotic Use

WHEREAS, the treatment, prevention and control of animal disease is critically important to the health and welfare of animals and the safety of the food produced; and WHEREAS, the availability of antibiotics is a critical tool for veterinarians, livestock and […]

Resolution on Animal Liability and Guardianship

WHEREAS, individuals historically could not collect non-economic damages in animal litigation, and the existing legal and legislative framework that defines the relationship between livestock producers and their animals, pet owners and their pets, and animal enterprises including but not limited […]

Resolution on Autism Coverage

Resolution on Autism Coverage Model Resolution WHEREAS, Autism spectrum disorders are biological disorders of the brain that impair communication and social skills; and WHEREAS, Autism spectrum disorders affect 1.5 million Americans, including one in 500 children [See FN 1], and autism spectrum […]

Resolution on Autonomous Vehicle Legislation and Regulation

 Resolution on Autonomous Vehicle Legislation and Regulation Summary This resolution holds that autonomous vehicle research, development, testing, and operational functionality should not be impaired by unnecessary legislative or regulatory intervention. Model Resolution WHEREAS, autonomous vehicles are motor vehicles equipped with […]

Resolution on Best Available Control Technology FOR Coal-Based Electric Generation

WHEREAS, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will shortly begin regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the federal Clean Air Act; and WHEREAS, as a result of EPA’s action, major new sources of electric generation will be mandated to obtain […]

Resolution on Certificate of Need (CON) Laws Required for the Establishment of Certain Health Care Services

Resolution on Certificate of Need (CON) Laws Required for the Establishment of Certain Health Care Services Model Resolution WHEREAS, Certificate of Need (CON) laws and similar programs are prominent government-imposed barriers to entry into the health care market that force […]

Resolution on Cord and Placenta Blood Banking and Research

Resolution on Cord and Placenta Blood Banking and Research Summary This resolution recognizes the need for increased public awareness about the use and research of umbilical cord blood and placenta blood banking to provide treatment options for debilitating or terminal […]

Resolution on Country of Origin Labeling

Resolution on Country of Origin Labeling Whereas, Free markets are one of ALEC’s core guiding principles and we have much model policy that supports the enhancement of free markets and international trade; and Whereas, Canada and Mexico are the United […]

Resolution on Criminal-Background Checks

Resolution on Criminal-Background Checks WHEREAS, the members of [insert state here] oppose unnecessary and burdensome government regulations on commerce and individual citizens; WHEREAS, [insert state here] supports laws that incentivize the employer community to voluntarily adopt programs and policies in furtherance of […]

Resolution on DNA Testing and Victims’ Rights

Resolution on DNA Testing and Victims’ Rights  Summary A Resolution supporting states require that all sexual assault kits collected, where the case meets the criteria for CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) eligibility, are tested for DNA. Model Resolution WHEREAS, a […]

Resolution on Effects of Defense Sequestration on US National Security and the US Economy

Resolution on Effects of Defense Sequestration on US National Security and the US Economy Summary This resolution addresses the bipartisan concern that defense sequestration, or the automatic spending cuts to the defense budget, will have a significant national security impact […]

Resolution on Energy Conservation

WHEREAS adequate and reliable electric power is critical to the economy of the United Sates and the standard of living of all Americans; and WHEREAS the nation’s electric utilities have provided safe, reliable, economical electricity for over 100 years; and WHEREAS […]

Resolution on Environmental Laboratory Privatization

Summary  This resolution endorses federal and state efforts to use private labs for routine environmental testing. It condemns the use of taxpayer dollars for the construction of new environmental laboratories. Model Resolution Section 1. {Short title} This Resolution shall be […]

Resolution on Expanding Access to Health Insurance

Resolution on Expanding Access to Health Insurance Model Resolution WHEREAS, {insert state legislative body here} finds that access to health insurance is important to its citizens; and WHEREAS, {insert state legislative body here} finds that the citizens of {insert state […]

Resolution on Federal Medicaid and Welfare Block Grants

Resolution on Federal Medicaid and Welfare Block Grants Summary A Resolution supporting the adoption of Federal Medicaid and Welfare Block Grants which would transfer both the financial authority and decision making power to the states to operate the programs as […]

Resolution on Federalism in Recycling Narcotics

Resolution on Federalism in Recycling Narcotics Model Resolution WHEREAS, The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates that more than $1 billion in unused prescription drugs—including Schedule II controlled substances and other narcotics—are improperly disposed of each year, and; […]

Resolution on Free Online Tax Preparation & Electronic Filing

Resolution on Free Online Tax Preparation & Electronic Filing WHEREAS, a program that is important to the citizens of the United States may be in jeopardy as the result of decisions being made in the United States Congress; and WHEREAS, […]

Resolution on Government Tax Preparation & Electronic Filing

Resolution on Government Tax Preparation & Electronic Filing WHEREAS, a program that is important to the citizens of the United States may be in jeopardy as the result of decisions being made in the Federal Government; and WHEREAS, 50 percent of […]

Resolution on Improving Quality and Lowering Costs for States Through Medicaid and Managed Care

Resolution on Improving Quality and Lowering Costs for States Through Medicaid and Managed Care Summary This resolution encourages the implementation of coordinated, risk-based, capitated programs to control costs and improve quality of care for all Medicaid beneficiaries, including those requiring […]

Resolution on Improving the US-Africa Partnership

 Resolution on Improving the US-Africa Partnership Summary This resolution recognizes that the United States should seize the opportunity to strengthen our partnerships with the nations of Africa, a strategy that will prove mutually beneficial for both regions.  The resolution calls […]

Resolution on Invasive Noxious Weeds

Whereas, invasive species are organisms that are living in areas outside their native environment and whose introduction causes or threatens to cause economic, environmental, or medical harm.  Whereas, there are several thousand foreign plant and animal species in the United […]

Resolution on Kimberley Process Reform

Resolution on Kimberley Process Reform Summary This resolution recognizes that the Kimberley Process, put in place to prevent conflict diamonds from entering the mainstream rough diamond market, has failed.  Established by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 55/56 following recommendations in […]

Resolution on Legislation that Interferes with Business Agreements

Resolution on Legislation that Interferes with Business Agreements Summary This resolution recognizes that government should not interfere with private business agreements freely and openly negotiated between the parties. Model Policy WHEREAS, a privately negotiated contract, either written or oral, is […]

Resolution on Local Jursidiction Consent of National Monument Designation

WHEREAS, the proposed designation of national monuments in the State of ______ clearly violates the spirit and letter of the Antiquities Act, which requires monument lands to be “confined to the smallest area” necessary to preserve and protect historical areas […]

Resolution on Maintaining Confidentiality of Patient-Identifiable Information

Resolution on Maintaining Confidentiality of Patient-Identifiable Information Model Resolution WHEREAS, recent developments in the area of information technology have stimulated public concern over confidentiality of patient-identifiable medical information; and WHEREAS, the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability act (HIPAA) requires […]

Resolution on Mandatory Electricity Consumer Disclosure Information

WHEREAS, many states are deregulating the generation of electricity and encouraging the formation of a competitive electricity marketplace; WHEREAS, market forces can do a better job than any government or regulatory agency in determining the prices and varieties of electricity […]

Resolution on Medicaid Funding Through a Federal Block Grant

Resolution on Medicaid Funding Through a Federal Block Grant Model Resolution WHEREAS, Total U.S. Medicaid spending in 2006 exceeded $303 billion; and WHEREAS, The share of federal Medicaid funding provided to the states is determined by a state-by-state matching percentage, […]

Resolution on Negative Impact of Government-Mandated Rate Caps on Health Insurance Premiums

Resolution on Negative Impact of Government-Mandated Rate Caps on Health Insurance Premiums Summary This resolution opposes government-mandated rate caps on health insurance premiums as they are a form of price control that negatively affects the cost and quality of healthcare […]

Resolution on Negative Impacts of Pharmaceutical Price Controls

Resolution on Negative Impacts of Pharmaceutical Price Controls Model Resolution WHEREAS, the current US health insurance industry is tied to the U.S. tax code by the percentage of tax deductibility for health insurance contributions whereby employers receive 100% tax deductibility […]

Resolution on Occupational Licensing

Resolution on Occupational Licensing WHEREAS, [insert state here] oppose unnecessary and burdensome government regulations on commerce and individual citizens, and; WHEREAS, [insert state here] opposes the implementation of occupational licenses, certifications, and or registrations unless needed to protect immediate health, safety, or […]

Resolution on Packaging and the Municipal Solid Waste Stream

Summary ALEC’s model Resolution on Packaging and the Municipal Solid Waste Stream calls for free-market incentives and solutions to be integrated in solid waste policies. Key components to the Resolution include: recycling and source reduction. Model Resolution WHEREAS, members of […]

Resolution on Pandemic Flu Preparedness

Resolution on Pandemic Flu Preparedness Model Resolution WHEREAS, Influenza pandemics occurred three times in the previous century, and history and science suggest that the United States and the world will face at least one pandemic in this century; and WHEREAS, […]

Resolution on Partnering with Canada to Create Job Opportunities for Returning US Veterans

Resolution on Partnering with Canada to Create Job Opportunities for Returning US Veterans Summary Current unemployment rates among US veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq remain stubbornly high, while the unemployment rate in Alberta, Canada is just 4.4 percent.  Finding […]

Resolution on Patient Access to Physical Therapists’ Services Without Current Professional Practice Restrictions Regarding Referral

Resolution on Patient Access to Physical Therapists’ Services Without Current Professional Practice Restrictions Regarding Referral Model Resolution WHEREAS, physical therapy is the care and services provided by or under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist as authorized […]

Resolution on Prescribing Data

Resolution on Prescribing Data Model Resolution WHEREAS, The American Medical Association (AMA) maintains a Physician Masterfile that includes current and historical data on individual physicians (whether or not the physicians are members of the AMA), but does not include physician […]

Resolution on Preserving States’ Rights Regarding Federal Health Insurance Exchanges and a Public Plan

Resolution on Preserving States’ Rights Regarding Federal Health Insurance Exchanges and a Public Plan Summary This resolution urges Congress not to institute new federal review, oversight, or preemption of state health insurance laws as Congress considers health care reform.  The […]

Resolution on Protective Orders

Resolution on Protective Orders WHEREAS, proposals have been put forth in a number of state legislatures that would make it extremely difficult to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information (e.g., trade secrets) produced during the course of discovery or contained […]

Resolution on Reform of New Source Review Regulations

Wheras, The American Legislative Exchange Council believes upgrades are needed to the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review (NSR) program to make it an efficient and transparent program that is easily understood and effectively implemented; and Whereas, routine maintenance, repair […]

Resolution on Release Time for Union Business

Resolution on Release Time for Union Business Summary The Resolution on Release Time for Union Business opposes the practice of public sector union members receiving release time from their primary responsibilities to participate in union business. Model Resolution WHEREAS, many public […]

Resolution on Renewable Energy Resources in a Competitive Electricity Marketplace

Resolution on Renewable Energy Resources in a Competitive Electricity Marketplace WHEREAS, new mandates for taxes, fees, and charges are being proposed by federal lawmakers to subsidize renewable energy projects, including the imposition of “portfolio standards,” as states act to deregulate […]

Resolution on Responsible Resource Development

WHEREAS, Over the past several years American consumers have benefited from substantially lower and more stable natural gas prices due to the development of technologies that allow energy producers to access significant supplies of domestic natural gas from shale formations […]

Resolution on Secondary Boycotts

Resolution on Secondary Boycotts Summary ALEC’s model resolution highlights the impact and problems of secondary boycotts and calls for Congress to amend the Railway Labor Act to include rail and airline unions in prohibiting this unfair labor practice. Model Resolution […]

Resolution on State and Local Business Activity Taxes

Resolution on State and Local Business Activity Taxes WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court, in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, 504 U.S. 298 (1992), held that remote sellers lacking a physical presence may not be required to act as tax collection […]

Resolution on State and Political Subdivision Jurisdiction Act

Resolution on State and Political Subdivision Jurisdiction General Description: This joint resolution of the Legislature declares and asserts the jurisdictional right of the state of [INSERT STATE] and its political subdivisions to respond to and take action when conditions on […]

Resolution on State Jurisdiction and Supremacy

Resolution on State Jurisdiction and Supremacy WHEREAS on June 28, 2012, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts noted in the NFIB vs. Sebelius decision, “The states are separate and independent sovereigns. Sometimes they have to act like it.” WHEREAS Jurisdiction […]

Resolution on State Medical Board Sunshine and Patient Protection

Resolution on State Medical Board Sunshine and Patient Protection Model Resolution WHEREAS, State medical boards (“boards”) exist for the purpose of protecting patients by maintaining the high standards of excellence to which medical professionals in this country are held, and […]

Resolution on State Use Tax on Prescription Drug Samples

Resolution on State Use Tax on Prescription Drug Samples   Summary Many states currently impose a state use tax on prescription drug samples, while at the same time exempting the sale of prescription drugs from this tax. Free drug samples give […]

Resolution on Stop-Loss Insurance

Resolution on Stop-Loss Insurance Summary This Resolution encourages state legislators not to support legislation or regulation which would impose arbitrary limits on stop-loss coverages issued to self-funded plans. By guarding against such legislation, the preservation of a free-market, voluntary employer-based […]

Resolution on Taxation of Smokeless Tobacco Products Versus Cigarettes

Summary This resolution recognizes that tobacco harm reduction is a vital component in a successful tobacco control strategy.  While abstaining from all tobacco is the best way for smokers to reduce their risk of disease, state governments must also consider […]

Resolution on the Enhancement of Economic Neutrality, Commercial Efficiency, and Fairness in the Taxation of Moist Smokeless Tobacco (MST) Products

Resolution on the Enhancement of Economic Neutrality, Commercial Efficiency, and Fairness in the Taxation of Moist Smokeless Tobacco (MST) Products WHEREAS, excise taxes are levied by individual states on the distribution of a variety of consumer products in the United […]

Resolution on the Federal Deductibility of State Taxes and Fees

Resolution on the Federal Deductibility of State Taxes and Fees WHEREAS, in light of the states trying to address the growing property tax crisis and other revenue demands on their treasuries; and WHEREAS, many replacement revenue sources are currently non-deductible […]

Resolution on the Federal Employer’s Liability Act

Resolution on the Federal Employer’s Liability Act Summary ALEC’s model Resolution on the Federal Employer’s Liability Act calls for Congress to repeal the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA) and place the railroad industry under no-fault worker’s compensation laws, thus avoiding […]

Resolution on the Misapplication of Employee Classification Laws

Resolution on the Misapplication of Employee Classification Laws Summary This resolution recognizes that business format franchising is a major contributor to the United States economy.  The resolution also recognizes that franchising is a contractual business relationship, not akin to an […]

Resolution on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Resolution on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Summary The Resolution on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) opposes the NAIC’s current accreditation process and urges the NAIC to remain an advisor organization which does not attempt to use […]

Resolution on the State Regulation of Insurance

Resolution on the State Regulation of Insurance Summary The Resolution on the State Regulation of Insurance opposes any attempt by the federal government to regulate the insurance industry. Specifically, the Resolution calls on Congress to adopt a proportional liability scheme […]

Resolution on Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Resolution on Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Model Policy Since 1965, the Title 1 programs of the federal Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has failed to boost the academic achievement of the students the program […]

Resolution on Trade Promotion Authority

Resolution on Trade Promotion Authority Summary This resolution supports the extension of trade promotion authority (TPA) to the President of the United States, something every US President has enjoyed since 1974 until it was rejected by Congress in 2011.  TPA […]

Resolution on Transparency and Accountability in Criminal Law

Resolution on Transparency and Accountability in Criminal Law Summary This resolution upholds the principles of transparency and accountability in government when it comes to the creation and enhancement of criminal laws.  The state of [insert state here] appreciates the vital […]

Resolution on Transparency in Health Care

Resolution on Transparency in Health Care Model Resolution WHEREAS, {Insert state} finds that consumers are becoming more value conscious when making decisions about their personal health care and financing of such health care and as a result are seeking greater […]

Resolution on U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement Accountability

Whereas, in 2005, the United States Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement was created to encourage cities to reduce carbon emissions. Whereas, the announcement of the Agreement says “supporting mayors pledge to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7 percent below […]

Resolution on Unilateral Trade Sanctions

Resolution on Unilateral Trade Sanctions Summary This resolution cautions against the use of unilateral trade sanctions to achieve international policy goals.  While the bill does not prohibit their use, it discourages their use until most, if not all, other options […]

Resolution on Use of Transportation Taxes

Resolution on Use of Transportation Taxes Summary {Insert state} urges the U.S. Congress to oppose any legislation that would spend tax dollars for any purpose other than directly towards the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Model Resolution WHEREAS, the movement of goods and […]

Resolution Opposing “Pay at the Pump” Automobile Insurance

Resolution Opposing “Pay at the Pump” Automobile Insurance Summary “Pay at the pump” plans would replace the present personal choice automobile insurance market with a government program. Each car would be covered by basic auto insurance upon registration and issuance […]

Resolution Opposing Anti-Indemnity and Anti-Additional Insured Legislation

PURPOSE:  Urging state legislatures not to adopt legislation that would prohibit or require the inclusion of indemnity and additional insured provisions in commercial contracts  WHEREAS, a number of state legislatures have passed laws prohibiting standard indemnity and additional insured contract […]

Resolution Opposing Employer-Paid Health Care Mandates

Resolution Opposing Employer-Paid Health Care Mandates Summary A resolution in opposition to recent efforts by some state legislatures to mandate that private employers purchase health insurance for their employees. Research has shown that a recent example of such legislation would […]

Resolution Opposing EPA’s Regulatory Train Wreck

WHEREAS:  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed or is proposing numerous new regulations, particularly in the area of air quality and regulation of greenhouse gases, that are likely to have major effects on the economy, jobs and […]

Resolution Opposing Federal Intrusion in State Education Content Standards

Resolution Opposing Federal Intrusion in State Education Content Standards WHEREAS, the mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council (“ALEC”) is, in part, to advance Jeffersonian principles, including respect for federalism and the prerogatives of the states; and WHEREAS, education is […]

Resolution Opposing Government Involvement in Commercial Negotiations

Resolution Opposing Government Involvement in Commercial Negotiations WHEREAS, it is the mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty, and WHEREAS, the American economy has been and continues […]

Resolution Opposing Government Mandated Disclosure of Proprietary, Trade Secret Information

Resolution Opposing Government Mandated Disclosure of Proprietary, Trade Secret Information Summary A resolution in opposition to recent efforts by some state legislatures to mandate that Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) disclose competitive, proprietary, and trade secret information to their clients and […]

Resolution Opposing Increases in Minimum Wage Linked to the CPI

Resolution Opposing Increases in Minimum Wage Linked to the CPI WHEREAS, for most Americans minimum wage is entry level pay and not a way of life; it is an opportunity to learn valuable on the job training skills and to […]

Resolution Opposing PPACA Medicaid Expansion

Summary This Resolution urges states to reject Medicaid expansion that is permitted, but not required, in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and instead reform the existing Medicaid safety net to increase access to high-quality, affordable private health […]

Resolution Opposing Regulation Intruding on the States’ Traditional Role as the Primary Regulator of Homeowners’ Insurance

Resolution Opposing Regulation Intruding on the States’ Traditional Role as the Primary Regulator of Homeowners’ Insurance Summary This Resolution upholds the McCarran-Ferguson Act and reserves the primacy of homeowners’ insurance regulation to the states by opposing the listing of the […]

Resolution Opposing the Expansion of the Federal Trade Commission’s Rulemaking Authority

Resolution Opposing the Expansion of the Federal Trade Commission’s Rulemaking Authority WHEREAS, it is the mission of ALEC to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty; and WHEREAS, the process of government should be […]

Resolution Opposing the United Nations Drive for Global Taxes

Resolution Opposing the United Nations Drive for Global Taxes Summary The Resolution urges Congress to oppose any legislation that would authorize the United Nations (UN) to levy taxes on American citizens or establish an international agency authorized to levy taxes on American […]

Resolution Opposing Unfair and Unbalanced Insurance “Bad Faith” Legislation

Summary  This resolution is responsive to efforts by the plaintiffs’ bar, represented by the Association of American Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) and its state-level affiliates, to enact legislation that undermines settled principles of contract law […]

Resolution Opposing Unfair Federal Consent Decrees

PURPOSE:  To support policy ensuring that federal consent decrees are narrowly drafted, limited in duration, and respectful of state and local interests and policy judgments.  WHEREAS, in a growing number of cases involving state and local governments across the nation, […]

Resolution Opposing “Card Check” and Forced, Compulsory Binding Arbitration

Resolution Opposing “Card Check” and Forced, Compulsory Binding Arbitration Summary A resolution opposing efforts to amend the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 removing the private election phase of union recognition campaigns and forcing binding arbitration on employers during union […]

Resolution Providing Recommendation on UN Internet Oversight

 Resolution Providing Recommendation on UN Internet Oversight Summary This resolution calls on the US delegation to the United Nations (UN) to stand in opposition to any attempts to permit UN regulation of the Internet. The Internet is currently based on […]

Resolution Reaffirming Tenth Amendment Rights

 Resolution Reaffirming Tenth Amendment Rights Summary The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States limits the power of the federal government and holds that the federal government was established by the states to be an agent of the […]

Resolution Recognizing the Large and Growing Need for Commercial Nuclear Energy and Urging the President and Congress to Make Steady Progress toward a Permanent Geologic Repository for Used Commercial Nuclear Fuel and Such Nearer-Term Priorities as Interim Fuel Storage and Research into Fuel Reprocessing and Closing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Summary ALEC’s model Resolution Recognizes the Growing Need for Nuclear Energy and Urges the President and Congress to Make Steady Progress toward a Permanent Geologic Repository for Used Commercial Fuel and Such Nearer-Term Priorities as Interim Used Fuel Storage and […]

Resolution Regarding Codification of the Judicial Cy Pres Doctrine

Summary  This resolution responds to efforts by the plaintiffs’ bar, represented by the American Association for Justice and its state level affiliates, to encourage courts to adopt or legislatures to enact state laws requiring that any residual funds at the […]

Resolution Regarding Codification of the Judicial Cy Pres Doctrine

Summary  This resolution responds to efforts by the plaintiffs’ bar, represented by the American Association for Justice and its state level affiliates, to encourage courts to adopt or legislatures to enact state laws requiring that any residual funds at the […]

Resolution Regarding Traffic Pumping

Resolution Regarding Traffic Pumping WHEREAS, Traffic Pumping (Access Stimulation) is the artificial stimulation of switched access traffic to small rural LECs with high inter- and intrastate switched access rates partnering with free calling service companies offering “free” conference calls, adult […]

Resolution Requesting that the Federal Government Confer and Consult with the States on Management of Public Lands and Energy Resources

Resolution Requesting that the Federal Government Confer and Consult with the States on Management of Public Lands and Energy Resources Summary This Resolution requests that Congress and the Administration acknowledge and respect the role of states in a federal constitutional […]

Resolution Requesting that the Federal Government Confer and Consult with the States on Management of Public Lands and Energy Resources

Whereas, Management of public lands and energy resources has a direct fiscal impact on state economies and state budgets; and  Whereas, Public lands should be managed to encourage environmentally responsible energy development and further restrictions to energy development on public […]

Resolution Supporting a Reasonable Compliance Timeline and Economy-wide impact study of EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Rule

WHEREAS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has adopted and has proposed a series of regulations establishing stringent new standards applicable to the electric power sector industry; WHEREAS, individual states, the American Legislative Exchange Council, Regional Transmission Operators and other parties […]

Resolution Supporting Choices for Americans with Disabilities

Resolution Supporting Choices for Americans with Disabilities Summary This resolution urges states to close state operated facilities and move persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) to home and community based waiver services (HCBS). Model Resolution WHEREAS, 32,909 Americans with […]

Resolution Supporting Congressional Action to Affirm State Authority over Tax Incentives and Economic Development

Resolution Supporting Congressional Action to Affirm State Authority over Tax Incentives and Economic Development Background The value of state tax incentives has always been a matter of vigorous debate. Do state tax incentives encourage job creation and investment that otherwise […]

Resolution Supporting Private Market Initiatives For Children’s Health Insurance Programs

Resolution Supporting Private Market Initiatives For Children’s Health Insurance Programs Model Resolution WHEREAS, the U.S Congress passed a provision in the 1997 Budget Agreement allocating $24 billion over the next five years to the states in order to provide health […]

Resolution Supporting Pro Consumer Public Policy for Voice, Video, and Data Services

Resolution Supporting Pro Consumer Public Policy for Voice, Video, and Data Services WHEREAS, it is the mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty, and WHEREAS, it […]

Resolution Supporting Taiwan’s Meaningful Participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Resolution Supporting Taiwan’s Meaningful Participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)  Summary As a key international transport hub, Taiwanese airspace is critically important to the global community. 365,000 Americans traveled to Taiwan for business and leisure during 2009, and […]

Resolution Supporting Territorial Rating

Resolution Supporting Territorial Rating Summary “Redlining” originally referred to the refusal to insure an area identified on a map by red lines. Redlining also is used to refer to discrimination in insurance coverage because of race, sex, or other arbitrary […]

Resolution Supporting the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act

Resolution Supporting the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act Summary The Resolution supports Congressional enactment of the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act.  This Act is designed to simplify the highly complex and widely divergent tax treatment among […]

Resolution Supporting the Private Ownership of Property

WHEREAS, the Founding Fathers of our nation understood that the rights to own property is the cornerstone of liberty and freedom and is essential to the concept of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; WHEREAS, the private ownership of […]

Resolution Supporting the Repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)

Resolution Supporting the Repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) Summary and Background On March 22, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the Protecting Access to Healthcare (PATH) Act, by a 223-181 vote.  This bill repeals […]

Resolution Supporting the Successful Negotiation of a Comprehensive and Commercially Meaningful Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Resolution Supporting the Successful Negotiation of a Comprehensive and Commercially Meaningful Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Model Policy Summary The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement has the potential to be the largest trade framework ever negotiated underscoring […]

Resolution Supporting Training and Continuing Education for Higher Education Governing Boards

Resolution Supporting Training and Continuing Education for Higher Education Governing Boards Expressing the sense of the Legislature regarding the importance and value of continuing education for college and university governing boards RECOGNIZING that lay governance is a part of our […]

Resolution Supporting United States History Education

Resolution Supporting United States History Education Expressing the sense of the Legislature regarding the importance and value of education in United States history  WHEREAS, basic knowledge of United States history is essential to full and informed participation in civic life and […]

Resolution to Highlight Challenges and Opportunities in the US-India Trade Relationship

Resolution to Highlight Challenges and Opportunities in the US-India Trade Relationship Summary The United States and India are the world’s two largest democracies and are currently experiencing their largest bilateral trade and investment flows ever recorded, with total goods and […]

Resolution to Oppose the Multistate Tax Commission’s Effort to Rewrite the Uniform Division of Income for Tax Purposes Act

Resolution to Oppose the Multistate Tax Commission’s Effort to Rewrite the Uniform Division of Income for Tax Purposes Act Summary This resolution opposes the effort being undertaken by the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) to rewrite the Uniform Division of Income […]

Resolution to Permanently Repeal the Federal Unified Gift and Estate Tax

Summary The Federal Unified Gift and Estate Tax, or the “Death Tax” has been identified as destructive to job opportunity and expansion. The “Death Tax” generates only a minimal amount of Federal Revenue, yet enormous dollars are spent in collecting […]

Resolution to Recognize and Commend the United States-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership and Its Global Significance of Enhanced Cooperation between the United States and Indonesia

 Resolution to Recognize and Commend the United States-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership and Its Global Significance of Enhanced Cooperation between the United States and Indonesia Summary This resolution applauds the current Presidential Administration for embarking on a US-Indonesia comprehensive partnership. The partnership […]

Resolution to Reduce the State’s Dependence on Federal Funds

Resolution to Reduce the State’s Dependence on Federal Funds Summary Increasingly, states are relying to a greater degree on federal grants and subsidies to cover programs in the states’ budget.  Gridlock in Congress, however, has put the reliability of those […]

Resolution to Reform Export Control Regulation of Dual-Use and Defense Items

Resolution to Reform Export Control Regulation of Dual-Use and Defense Items Summary Current regulations constrain US business from competing globally, create friction with trusted allies who have to negotiate our cumbersome export controls regulatory system and do not effectively prevent […]

Resolution to Repeal Section 526

WHEREAS, Section 526 attempts to prohibit agencies of the government of the United States from purchasing transportation fuels that are derived from alternative or synthetic fuels, including fuels produced from nonconventional petroleum sources; and WHEREAS, the U.S. military and federal […]

Resolution to Repeal Special Privileges in Transit

Resolution to Repeal Special Privileges in Transit Summary ALEC’s model Resolution to Repeal Special Privileges In Transit would reduce or eliminate costly special privileges that grant transit workers benefits and provisions above the vast majority of American workers. Model Resolution […]

Resolution to Restate State Sovereignty

Resolution to Restate State Sovereignty Summary The Resolution to Restate State Sovereignty is designed to affirm the powers reserved to the States under the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution. Model Resolution WHEREAS, The 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the […]

Resolution to Restore Transportation to the States

Resolution to Restore Transportation to the States Summary This Resolution empowers the state of [insert state] to manage gas tax dollars without federal government interference. Model Resolution WHEREAS, the United States Department of Transportation was established by an act of […]

Resolution to Retain State Authority over Coal Ash as Non-Hazardous Waste

WHEREAS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to propose federal regulations to govern the disposal of coal combustion byproducts (CCB) under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA);  WHEREAS, the EPA is considering changing the current regulatory status of […]

Resolution to Retain State Authority over Hydraulic Fracturing

WHEREAS, Hydraulic fracturing is a proven technology with a long history of environmentally safe use in the completion of oil and gas wells; and WHEREAS, The oil and gas producing States regulate hydraulic fracturing as a component of their regulatory […]

Resolution to Retain State Sovereignty over Instrastate Water Resources

WHEREAS, the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution preserves powers not delegated to the federal government for the states, establishing federalism and state sovereignty as integral founding principles of American government; and  WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court in […]

Resolution to Support Congressional Efforts to Ban Internet Access Taxes

Resolution to Support Congressional Efforts to Ban Internet Access Taxes  Summary This resolution supports a permanent Internet Access tax moratorium. The current moratorium will expire November 1, 2014. This resolution recognizes that taxing Internet access would slow broadband deployment, particularly […]

Resolution to Support State Efforts to Protect Secret Ballot Elections

Resolution to Support State Efforts to Protect Secret Ballot Elections Summary [insert state here] supports the efforts of states to guarantee the right of individuals to vote by a private, secret ballot in elections for public office or ballot measures and […]

Resolution Urging Congress to Aid State Tax Reform

Resolution Urging Congress to Aid State Tax Reform  Summary A concurrent resolution encouraging the President of the United States to support and the Congress of the United States to enact legislation allowing the deduction from federal income taxes under Section […]

Resolution Urging Congress to Cut the Federal Corporate Tax Rate

Resolution Urging Congress to Cut the Federal Corporate Tax Rate Summary This resolution encourages Congress to cut the 35 percent federal corporate tax rate in order to improve the ability of the 50 U.S. states to compete for investment and […]

Resolution Urging Congress to Cut the Federal Corporate Tax Rate and Adopt a Home Country Tax System

Resolution Urging Congress to Cut the Federal Corporate Tax Rate and Adopt a Home Country Tax System Summary: This resolution encourages Congress to cut the 35 percent federal corporate tax rate and replace the U.S.’s “cross-border” tax system with a “home […]

Resolution Urging Congress to Eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax

Resolution Urging Congress to Eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax  Summary  This resolution encourages Congress to abolish the Alternative Minimum Tax to increase simplicity, predictability, and neutrality in the tax code and protect American taxpayers from this burdensome levy. Model Resolution […]

Resolution Urging Congress to Oppose Federal Standards for Monopoly Bargaining

Resolution Urging Congress to Oppose Federal Standards for Monopoly Bargaining Summary This resolution urges Congress to reject legislation to federalize monopoly collective bargaining laws for state and local public safety employees such as police officers and firefighters. Such legislation would […]

Resolution Urging Congress to Pass Legislation Requiring Expedited Waiver Procedures to States

Resolution Urging Congress to Pass Legislation Requiring Expedited Waiver Procedures to States Summary This resolution urges Congress to pass legislation to require federal executive agencies to establish expedited review procedures for granting a waiver to a state under a grant […]

Resolution Urging Congress to Pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)

Resolution Urging Congress to Pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Summary Drawing on ALEC’s guiding free market principles, this resolution calls on Congress to support negotiations for a high standard, comprehensive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is a multilateral trade […]

Resolution Urging Congress to Permanently Extend the 2001 and 2003 Tax Cuts

Resolution Urging Congress to Permanently Extend the 2001 and 2003 Tax Cuts Summary: This resolution encourages Congress to permanently extend the Tax Cuts of 2001 and 2003. [Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 and Jobs and Growth […]

Resolution Urging Congress to Reject “Windfall Profits” Taxes on Energy Companies

Resolution Urging Congress to Reject “Windfall Profits” Taxes on Energy Companies Summary The United States cannot afford to impose additional taxes on companies that are responsible for producing energy to American consumers.  This resolution encourages Congress to abstain from passing […]

Resolution Urging Congress to Reject Authorization of the Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP)

Resolution Urging Congress to Reject Authorization of the Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP) Summary A number of states have enacted authorizing legislation to join the Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP). SSTP is an effort to streamline the sales and use […]

Resolution Urging Quick Congressional Action on the Recommendations of The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future

Whereas, nuclear utility ratepayers throughout the United States have contributed more than $30 billion in fees and interest, as required under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA) of 1982, for the sole purpose of removing used nuclear fuel from commercial […]

Resolution Urging the European Union to Remove Its Ban on the Sale of Smokeless Tobacco

Resolution Urging the European Union to Remove Its Ban on the Sale of Smokeless Tobacco Summary The European Union’s (EU’s) current ban on the sale of snus is in direct violation of one of its own governing principles – that […]

Resolution Urging the Obama Administration to Launch Negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement with Taiwan

Resolution Urging the Obama Administration to Launch Negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement with Taiwan Summary Basing support on ALEC’s guiding principle to advance free markets, this resolution urges the President of the United States to launch negotiations with Taiwan […]

Resolution Urging the President and Congress to Act Expeditiously in Procuring a Site or Sites for the Storage of High-Level Radioactive Waste

Summary ALEC’s model Resolution Urges the President and Congress to act expeditiously in procuring a site or sites for the storage of high-level radioactive waste. Model Resolution WHEREAS, decades into the commercial use of nuclear power the federal government has […]

Resolution Urging the Presidential Administration to Sign Bilateral Investment Agreement with Taiwan

Resolution Urging the Presidential Administration to Sign Bilateral Investment Agreement with Taiwan Model Policy Summary The U.S.-Taiwan relationship has been characterized by increasing economic investment and democratic liberties. Together, the United States and Taiwan have effectively joined forces to increase […]

Restrictions on Participation in Low-Carbon Fuel Standards Programs

Summary This legislation prohibits the State from participating in any low-carbon fuel standard or similar program requiring quotas, caps, or mandates on fuels used for transportation, industrial purposes, or home heating without prior legislative approval.  Be it Enacted by the […]

Right to Farm Act

Summary An Act to define certain farm uses, operations, practices, and products; to provide certain disclosures; to provide for circumstances under which a farm shall not be found to be a public or private nuisance; to provide for certain powers […]

Right to Work Act

Right to Work Act Summary ALEC’s model Right to Work Act provides that no employee need join or pay dues to a union, or refrain from joining a union, as a condition of employment. The Act establishes penalties and remedies […]

Rural Hospital Deregulation Act

Rural Hospital Deregulation Act Summary The purpose of this Act is to review and waive state regulations and restricted reimbursement policies that pertain to rural hospitals. Burdensome restrictions and staffing requirements are major factors contributing to the closure of rural […]

Sales and Use Tax Collection Protection Act

Sales and Use Tax Collection Protection Act Summary Current law mandates that a business has to have physical presence or nexus in a state before that business is compelled to collect and remit sales and use taxes on consumer purchases. […]

SCHIP Anti-Crowd-Out Act

SCHIP Anti-Crowd-Out Act Model Policy Section 1. Short Title.  This Act shall be known as the “SCHIP Anti-Crowd-Out Act.” Section 2. Requirement Regarding Employer-Sponsored Coverage. (A)  Subject to this Section, no payment may be made under the State Children’s Health […]

School Choice Directory Act

School Choice Directory Act Summary This legislation requires the state department of education to produce a catalogue of educational options available in the state.  The catalogue will provide a brief description of all educational choices for students in K-12 as […]

School Collective Bargaining Agreement Sunshine Act

School Collective Bargaining Agreement Sunshine Act Summary For the purpose of transparency, this legislation requires school district boards of education to provide copies of all collective bargaining agreements entered into by such boards to the state board of education and […]

Sexual Offenses Against Children Act

Sexual Offenses Against Children Act Summary This Act increases penalties for sexual offenses committed against children, and provides for mandatory sentences for certain of these offenses.   Further, the Act strengthens the reporting requirements for adjudicated sexual offenders. Model Policy […]

Short-term Credit Services Act

Summary This Act establishes a system of regulations for those persons involved in the business of providing short-term credit services.  Model Policy {Title, enacting clause, etc.} Section 1.  {Short Title} This chapter shall be known and may be cited as […]

Six Principles for Communications and Technology

Six Principles for Communications and Technology Summary The goal of this statement of principles is to provide policymakers with general guidance consistent with ALEC principles. The statement affirms ALEC’s mission to advance the principles of free markets in policy regarding […]

Small Business Health Care Act

Small Business Health Care Act Model Legislation Section 1.  The legislature finds that the rising cost of comprehensive group health coverage is exceeding the affordability of many small businesses and their employees.  The legislature further finds that the policy of […]

Spending Evaluation Act

Spending Evaluation Act  Summary Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring a rigorous evaluation of current and proposed state programs, agencies and mandates. Model Legislation BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF {insert state}: Section 1. Article xx, {insert […]

State Agency Lobbying Reform Act

State Agency Lobbying Reform Act Model Policy Short Title This Act may be cited as the State Agency Lobbying Reform Act Section 1. The Legislature finds that citizens are opposed to state agencies using public funds to influence the Legislature […]

State and Local Government Labor Productivity Data Collection Act

State and Local Government Labor Productivity Data Collection Act Summary Labor productivity is tracked for almost every sector of the workforce except state and local government workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) stopped tracking data on the labor productivity […]

State Council on Competitive Government Act

State Council on Competitive Government Act Summary Across the country there is a growing interest in making government more efficient, cost-effective, and competitive. This model legislation creates a {insert state} Council which represents key members of {insert state} leadership, with […]

State Data Access Act

 AN ACT to ensure that study findings generated wholly or partially with funding from a State agency by a non-governmental entity and relied on by a State agency in proposing or promulgating a rule, regulation, guideline, or policy can be […]

State Data Quality Act

AN ACT to ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information disseminated by state agencies to the public, and to the federal government in support of federal programs, and to provide the public with administrative mechanisms for […]

State Employee Health Savings Account Act

State Employee Health Savings Account Act Summary This legislation requires the state to offer state employees a health benefit plan that utilizes Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) paired with high-deductible health plans.  The legislation further requires that the employer cost of […]

State Grant Transparency and Accountability Act

State Grant Transparency and Accountability Act   Summary The collection and reporting on the use of public grants is an important tool for properly stewarding tax dollars.  The purpose of this Act is to improve transparency and accountability in the […]

State Implementation of Clean Water Act (TMDL) Requirements (Amended)

 Summary This Act sets forth criteria and procedures for states to implement the mandate of the Clean Water Act to develop total maximum daily loads for impaired waters within the State’s boundaries. The Act clarifies how states will implement the […]

State Implementation Plan Requirements for Ozone and Particulate Matter Attainment

 A Bill IN THE [HOUSE/ SENATE] OF [STATE] An Act requiring public hearings and legislative review of certain proposed state actions related to State Implementation Plans required to be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for attainment or maintenance […]

State Internet Tax Freedom Act

State Internet Tax Freedom Act Summary The borderless nature of the 21st century economy makes the preemption of certain taxes necessary for a growing economy and sound business environment.  The borderless nature also makes Federal legislation the more appropriate vehicle […]

State Legislature United Compact

State Legislature United Compact ARTICLE I FINDINGS AND DECLARATION OF POLICY Whereas every State adopting and agreeing to be bound by this Compact finds that the coordinated, regular and institutional exercise of their sovereign power under their respective constitutions and […]

State Medical Licensing Board Act

State Medical Licensing Board Act Summary The purpose of this Act is to give an authorized state Health Professional Licensing Board clear statutory authority to meaningfully sanction those guilty of consistent malpractice because of inadequate training, negligence, or practicing while […]

State Payment for State Mandates Act

State Payment for State Mandates Act Summary State governments often disregard the fiscal consequences on local governments of actions taken in requiring the state’s counties and municipalities to provide certain public services. This Act requires the state government to provide […]

State Pesticide Preemption Act

Summary ALEC’s model State Pesticide Preemption Act is designed to ensure the safety of America’s food supply through the preemption of city, town, county, etc. pesticide ordinances. Model Legislation Section 1. {Short Title.} This Act shall be known and may […]

State Power to Regulate Lending Act

State Power to Regulate Lending Act Summary The State Power to Regulate Lending Act preempts local ordinances enacted by a political subdivision of this state that govern the originating, granting, servicing or collecting of loans. It prohibits political subdivisions from […]

State Regulatory Responsibility Act

State Regulatory Responsibility Act Summary Quite often federal agencies under the guise of “policy” or “guidance” and without any specific statutory authority or regulation, attempt to impose on the various states requirements which are inconsistent with state law and beyond […]

State Science Advisory Board Act

Preamble Increasingly state legislators are confronted with scientific reports—particularly in the human health and environmental policy areas—which purport to offer evidence in support of, or in opposition to, pending legislation.  For many legislators, it is relatively easy to impact the […]

State Sovereignty for Air Quality and Visibility Act

 Section 1. {Statement of Purpose} As part of the State of {state}’s ongoing development and implementation of a long-term strategy in connection with visibility and air quality related values within class I areas, the Department________ shall evaluate the extent to […]

State Sovereignty through Local Coordination Act

Legislation  Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of {insert state}: Section 1. Title __, chapter ___, article ___, ________ Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section ________, to read: Federal Regulations; Local Coordination for Cities, Towns, Counties, […]

State Standards for Federal Resource Management Act

Summary This act creates state standards regarding natural resources and public lands policy to facilitate cohesiveness of state policy and coordination with federal agencies regarding federal resource management. This bill works in conjunction with the “Public Lands Policy Coordination Act.” […]

State Withdrawal from Regional Climate Initiatives

WHEREAS, there has been no credible economic analysis of the costs associated with carbon reduction mandates and the consequential effect of the increasing costs of doing business in the State of ______;  WHEREAS, forcing business, industry, and food producers to […]

State-Based Healthy Forest Plan

 Purpose:  The purpose of this act is to create healthier forests and reduce the risk of catastrophic forest fires for communities by: creating a state urban-wildland fire safety committees; authorizing municipalities and counties to using zoning based on wildfire risks; […]

Statement of Principles for Cybersecurity

 Statement of Principles for Cybersecurity WHEREAS, it is the mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to advance the principles of free markets, limited government and federalism; and WHEREAS, effective cybersecurity is essential for the proper function of government […]

Statement of Principles for Electronic Communications Privacy Act Reform

Statement of Principles for Electronic Communications Privacy Act Reform WHEREAS, it is the mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to advance the principles of free markets, limited government, and federalism, and; WHEREAS, it is the mission of ALEC’s […]

Statement of Principles for Model State Laws to Encourage Philanthropic Creation and Operation

Statement of Principles for Model State Laws to Encourage Philanthropic Creation and Operation Philanthropy exemplifies the American ideal of private action in the public interest, demonstrating our faith in the capacity of individual citizens not only to create wealth, but […]

Statement of Principles for Telecommunications Tax Reform

Statement of Principles for Telecommunications Tax Reform 1.  Taxes should be economically neutral and equitable. A tax is economically neutral, or efficient, if it does not induce taxpayers to change their behavior in response to the tax.  In other words, […]

Statement of Principles on Health IT

Statement of Principles on Health IT 1. Health information technology (IT) is rapidly evolving and advancing toward its goal of improving quality of care, enhancing efficiency, and reducing costs. 2. To be effective, health IT systems must A.  be patient-centered […]

Statement of Principles on Local Option Taxes

Statement of Principles on Local Option Taxes A growing trend in tax legislation has been the introduction of measures that authorize local governments to levy taxes on goods and services that heretofore have been the sole jurisdiction of state governments. […]

Statement of Principles on Philanthropic Freedom

Statement of Principles on Philanthropic Freedom Philanthropy exemplifies the American ideal of private action in the public interest, demonstrating our faith in the capacity of individual citizens not only to create wealth, but also—voluntarily—to care for their country, their communities, […]

Statement of Principles on States’ Dependence on Federal Funds

Statement of Principles on States’ Dependence on Federal Funds Summary This statement of principles highlights the common practice of relying on federal funds to bolster a state’s general revenue for programs, and encourages legislators to evaluate the risk of an […]

Statewide Online Education Act

Statewide Online Education Act Summary This legislation creates a statewide program that provides high school students with access to online learning options regardless of where the student lives. The options are designed to be high quality and allow for maximized […]

Student Achievement Backpack Act

Student Achievement Backpack Act Summary This bill provides access by a student’s parent or guardian or an authorized local education agency (LEA) user to the learning profile of a student from kindergarten through grade 12 in an electronic format known […]

Student Data Accessibility, Transparency, and Accountability Act

Student Data Accessibility, Transparency, and Accountability Act Summary The Student Data Accessibility, Transparency, and Accountability Act would require the [State Board of Education/State Department of Education] to make publicly available an inventory and index of all data elements with definitions […]

Student Protection Act

Student Protection Act Summary Legislation has been introduced in a number of states to require all final candidate for employment with a school district to consent to fingerprinting and/or criminal background investigations.  In 1984, Congress passed a law providing states […]

Substantive Transparency in Education Act

Substantive Transparency in Education Act Summary The Substantive Transparency in Education Act requires each public school to make available to parents all current textbooks, curricula, instructional materials, and instructional programs for inspection by any parent or guardian of a child […]

Super-Majority Act

Super-Majority Act  Summary Super-majority requirements are based on the premise that tax increases fuel excessive government spending. Therefore, to more effectively control the budgetary process, the ability to raise taxes or enact new taxes should be made as politically difficult […]

Swift and Certain Sanctions Act

Swift and Certain Sanctions Act Summary For states to deliver swift, certain and proportionate responses to violations of probation and parole, they need an array of institutional and community-based sanctions as well as the authority to assign—and reassign—offenders to those […]

Tax Amnesty Act

Providing for a Tax Amnesty Program Summary This Act provides for a tax amnesty program, which can be used by a city, county, municipality, or state to ensure that such tax amnesty program is implemented and administered in order to […]

Tax and Expenditure Limitation Act

Tax and Expenditure Limitation Act Summary The Tax and Expenditure Limitation Act recognizes the important tradeoff between constraints on the growth of state and local government, and the provision of adequate reserves to meet emergencies and to stabilize budgets over […]

Tax Expenditure Transparency Act

Tax Expenditure Transparency Act Summary The legislature finds that the state’s tax code includes tax expenditures enacted to achieve a variety of policy goals for the public interest. The ultimate goal should be for the state’s tax system to reflect […]

Tax Indexing Act

Tax Indexing Act Summary Forty-four states impose broad-based income taxes. The income tax rates are progressive in all but six of these states. As incomes rise to keep pace with inflation, the progressive income tax structure automatically extracts higher percentages […]

Taxation Disclosure Act

Taxation Disclosure Act Section 1. {Intent Section} The intent of the legislature is to make citizen access to state and local tax rates as open transparent, and publicly accessible as is feasible. Increasing the ease of public access to state […]

Taxpayer Privatization Dividend Act

Taxpayer Privatization Dividend Act Summary This bill establishes a commission on privatization to promote methods of providing a portion or all of formerly government-provided and government produced programs or services through the private sector. Such methods may include awarding ownership and control […]

Taxpayer Protection Act

 Taxpayer Protection Act Summary This act prohibits the Revenue department of a state from basing any employee’s compensation, promotion or evaluation on collections or assessments. The act further prohibits the department from entering into any contract with an outside collection […]

Taxpayer Right to Appeal Act

Taxpayer Right to Appeal Act Summary Taxpayers are often required to pay any tax assessment before they may exercise their right to dispute or appeal the assessment. This “pay-to-play” requirement places an undue burden on small businesses and taxpayers. Model […]

Taxpayer Transparency Act

Taxpayer Transparency Act An Act Relating to Creating a Searchable Budget Database for State Spending Section 1. {Intent}  The Legislature finds that taxpayers should be able to easily access the details on how the state is spending their tax dollars […]

Taxpayers’ Savings Grants Act

Taxpayers’ Savings Grants Act Summary The Taxpayers’ Savings Grants Act establishes a program by which willing residents can opt to receive less public funding for their child’s education, in order to take that funding to a private school. The difference […]

Teacher Choice Compensation Act

Teacher Choice Compensation Act Summary This act creates a program where by teachers may be eligible for performance-based salary stipends if they opt out of their permanent contract and meet measurable student performance goals based on a value-added test instrument […]

Teacher Quality and Recognition Demonstration Act

Teacher Quality and Recognition Demonstration Act Summary The need for quality teachers in improving student achievement is generally recognized as one of the most crucial elements of state reform efforts. A primary concern in the quality of the performance of […]

Telecommunications Deregulation Policy Statement

Telecommunications Deregulation Policy Statement WHEREAS, it is the mission of ALEC to advance Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty, and WHEREAS, in recent years, changes in telecommunications and information technology have revolutionized the way we […]

Temporary Help Unemployment Insurance Act

Temporary Help Unemployment Insurance Act Summary This Act requires, as a condition of unemployment benefit eligibility, that temporary employees contact their temporary help employer for new work upon completion of their temporary assignment. The Act also requires that temporary employees […]

Ten-Year Statute of Repose Act

 Summary Statutes of repose prohibit filing of claims beyond a specified period of time after the date of sale of a product or provision of a service. This model bill provides that a plaintiff must commence a cause of action […]

The 140 Credit Hour Act

The 140 Credit Hour Act Summary The 140 Credit Hour Act would impose a 25 percent tuition surcharge on students who take more than 140 credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree in a four-year program at any state-supported college […]

The A-Plus Literacy Act

The A-Plus Literacy Act Summary The A-Plus Literacy Act is inspired by a comprehensive set of K–12 reforms implemented by Florida lawmakers in 1999, and supplemented over the next decade. As a result of these reforms, Florida’s scores on the […]

The Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act (AETA)

  Summary This act creates penalties for persons encouraging, financing, assisting or engaged in {optional language insert “politically motivated”} acts of animal and ecological terrorism. Model Legislation Section 1. {Short Title} This act shall be known as The Animal Ecological […]

The Autism Scholarship Program Act

The Autism Scholarship Program Act Summary The Autism Scholarship Program creates a scholarship program that provides students with autism the option to attend the public or private elementary or secondary school of their parents’ choice. Model Policy Section 1. {Title.}The […]

The Breach of Personal Information Notification Act

The Breach of Personal Information Notification Act Summary This Act will help ensure that the personal information of residents of this state is protected by providing procedures for notification of security breaches related to personal information and thereby encouraging individuals […]

The Civic Literacy Act

The Civic Literacy Act Summary Americans take personal pride in the diversity of their ethnic and cultural backgrounds. However, as a nation, we possess a singular political heritage based on the principles of life, liberty, justice, and equality of opportunity […]

The College Funding Accountability Act

The College Funding Accountability Act Summary The College Funding Accountability Act would require any college or university that accepts state funding to undergo an outside financial audit if a budget increase or tuition increase request is higher than the formula […]

The College Opportunity Fund Act

The College Opportunity Fund Act Summary This bill will create a voucher program for students to use to attend the institution of higher education of their choice. Model Policy {Title, enacting clause, etc.} Section 1. {Title} The College Opportunity Fund […]

The Collegiate Learning Assessment Act

The Collegiate Learning Assessment Act Summary This model policy requires public colleges and universities to administer the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) to all students during their freshman and senior years. The schools would also be required to publish the results, […]

The Common Sense Scientific and Technical Evidence Act

Summary ALEC’s model Common Sense Scientific and Technical Evidence Act is designed to ensure that state courts follow the same guidelines in admitting expert opinions about scientific and technical matters as judges in the federal courts. These guidelines help assure […]

The Common Sense Scientific and Technical Evidence Act

ALEC’s model Common Sense Scientific and Technical Evidence Act is designed to ensure that state courts follow the same guidelines in admitting expert opinions about scientific and technical matters as judges in the federal courts. These guidelines help assure that the evidence admitted […]

The Devolution of State Highway Systems Study Act

The Devolution of State Highway Systems Study Act Summary Concerning a study of the options for devolution of state highways that are commuter highways to local governments. Model Policy {Title, enacting clause, etc.} Section 1. {Short Title.} This act may […]

The Disclosure of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Composition Act

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of {enter state}: SECTION 1.  DISCLOSURE OF COMPOSITION OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING FLUIDS (A) The {insert relevant state agency} by rule shall: (1)  require an operator of a well on which a hydraulic fracturing treatment is performed […]

The Election Accountability for Municipal Employee Union Representatives Act

The Election Accountability for Municipal Employee Union Representatives Act Summary This Act ensures that employees’ choice of representation is a priority by requiring that the state labor board regularly conduct an election to ensure that the representative of a collective […]

The Employer Standing Act

The Employer Standing Act Summary The Employer Standing Act gives employers legal standing before the appropriate board or commission to dispose of a workers’ compensation claim fraudulently filed by an employee. Model Policy Section 1. {Short Title} The Employer Standing […]

The Energy Affordability and Reliability Act

Summary: This legislation requires the {Public Service Commission (PSC)/Public Utility Commission (PUC)/related agency} to evaluate economic impact, reliability, and other objectives in decisions affecting electricity supplies for the {State/Commonwealth} of {State} Sec. 1. Public policy. The {General Assembly/Senate/House} declares that […]

The Environmental Buffer Disclosure Act

Summary This Act protects the rights of property owners whose real property contains an environmental buffer zone from the alleged devaluation of adjacent principles. Model Legislation Section 1. {Definitions} (A) In this Act, the term “buffer zone” shall mean an […]

The Environmental Good Samaritan Act

Summary This bill would establish the Environmental Good Samaritan Act. The purpose of this legislation is to encourage the voluntary reclamation of land and water adversely affected by mining (including limestone, dolomite, sand, gravel, slate, argillite, diabase, gneiss, micaceous sandstone […]

The Factory-Built Housing Act

The Factory-Built Housing Act Summary This bill would allow factory-built housing in all areas zoned for single-family residential housing. Local governments would be able to establish aesthetic standards for factory-built homes so long as they are no more restrictive than […]

The Fair Notice and Market Stability Act

Summary  This Act will achieve and sustain a healthy judiciary while ensuring market stability by: requiring that public policy decisions be made in open public proceedings with considerations of a broad range of concerns and interests, limiting the impact of […]

The Family Education Savings Account Act

The Family Education Savings Account Act Summary The Family Education Savings Account Act would create a tax deduction/credit for contributions made by state taxpayers into students’ Coverdell education savings accounts, which allow tax-free savings for both K-12 and higher education […]

The Financial Accountability for Public Employee Unions Act

The Financial Accountability for Public Employee Unions Act Summary This Act increases transparency and accountability to taxpayers by requiring public employee unions to annually file an independent audit of all expenditures attributed to the costs of collective bargaining, contract administration […]

The Foster Child Scholarship Program Act

The Foster Child Scholarship Program Act Summary The Foster Child Scholarship Program creates a scholarship program that provides children who have been placed in foster care the option to attend the public or private elementary or secondary school of their […]

The Full Faith and Credit for Properly Constructed Individualized Education Plans Act

The Full Faith and Credit for Properly Constructed Individualized Education Plans Act Summary Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), all students are entitled to a free and appropriate public education, and school districts are required to provide services […]

The Great Schools Tax Credit Program Act (Scholarship Tax Credits)

The Great Schools Tax Credit Program Act (Scholarship Tax Credits) Summary The Great Schools Tax Credit Program authorizes a tax credit for individual and corporate contributions to organizations that provide educational scholarships to eligible students so they can attend qualifying public […]

The Hurricane Mitigation Promotion Act

The Hurricane Mitigation Promotion Act Summary This Act creates an annual “Hurricane Mitigation Week,” in which the Governor calls on individuals, business owners, and commercial property owners to prepare for the hurricane season, and to urge county and municipal governments […]

The Innovation Schools and School Districts Act

The Innovation Schools and School Districts Act Summary The Innovation Schools and School Districts Act creates a mechanism for schools, groups of schools, and districts to adopt plans that try new ways of delivering instruction and/or allocating resources. It creates […]

The Lifelong Learning Accounts Act

The Lifelong Learning Accounts Act Summary The Lifelong Learning Accounts Act would provide for the creation, administration, and operation of the Lifelong Learning Accounts (LiLAs) program. Under this program, participating employers match employee contributions into a LiLA, up to an […]

The Market-Power Renewables Act

The Market-Power Renewables Act Section 1. Intent The legislature finds that the current system of mandated purchase of renewable energy has created negative economic and environmental consequences. The high cost of renewable energy is paid by all state citizens, including […]

The Military Family Scholarship Program Act

The Military Family Scholarship Program Act Summary The Military Family Scholarship Program Act creates a scholarship program to provide all children of veterans and active military personnel the option to attend the public or private elementary or secondary school of […]

The Next Generation Charter Schools Act

The Next Generation Charter Schools Act Summary The State of [state] recognizes establishment of charter schools as necessary to improving the opportunities of all families to choose the public school that meets the needs of their children, and believes that […]

The Occupational Licensing Relief and Job Creation Act

The Occupational Licensing Relief and Job Creation Act Summary Occupational licensing increases unemployment by about 1%, raises prices by about 15%, and offers no incremental consumer protection over a competitive market.  This Act ensures that an individual may pursue lawful […]

The Open and Fair Competition Act for Water and Wastewater Projects

The Open and Fair Competition Act for Water and Wastewater Projects Summary It is the intention of this Act to ensure that all proven and acceptable piping materials be included in all bids for water and wastewater projects. This promotion […]

The Open Enrollment Act

The Open Enrollment Act Summary The Open Enrollment Act stipulates that a student may attend any public school or program in the state. The legislation allows the parents of the student to apply for attendance in any nonresident school, either […]

The Parental Choice Scholarship Program Act (Means-Tested Eligibility)

The Parental Choice Scholarship Program Act (Means-Tested Eligibility) Proposed Amendment Summary The Parental Choice Scholarship Program Act creates a scholarship program that provides children from low- and middle-income families the option to attend the public or private elementary or secondary school […]

The Parental Choice Scholarship Program Act (Universal Eligibility)

The Parental Choice Scholarship Program Act (Universal Eligibility) Summary The Parental Choice Scholarship Program Act creates a scholarship program that provides all children the option to attend the public or private elementary or secondary school of their parents’ choice. Model […]

The Parental Choice Scholarship Program Act (Universal Eligibility, Means-Tested Scholarship Amount)

The Parental Choice Scholarship Program Act (Universal Eligibility, Means-Tested Scholarship Amount) Summary The Parental Choice Scholarship Program Act creates a scholarship program thatprovides all children the option to attend the public or private elementary or secondary school of their parents’ […]

The Phantom Damages Elimination Act

The Phantom Damages Elimination Act Section 1. {Title}.  This Act may be known as the Phantom Damages Elimination Act. Section 2. {Purpose}.  The purpose of this section is to prevent compensatory damage awards for medical expenses from including amounts that […]

The Private Property Protection Act

Summary ALEC’s model Private Property Protection Act is designed to ensure property owner rights as established under the 5th Amendment to the United States Constitution through the establishment of reasonable standards for takings and a method of relief for landowners […]

The Promoting ‘Merit’ in Merit Selection Act

Section 1. {Selection of Members, Size, Composition and Administration of the Appellate Judicial Commission}  (A) The legislature hereby establishes a Judicial Nominating Commission (hereafter the “Commission”) for the purpose of filling vacancies to the appellate judicial courts by nominating candidates […]

The Property/Casualty Insurance Form Filing Act

The Property/Casualty Insurance Form Filing Act Summary This model bill establishes a file and use system for the approval of policy forms and endorsements for personal and commercial lines of insurance. This creates a more competitive and less onerous regulatory […]

The Provisional Licenses for Ex-Offenders Act

The Provisional Licenses for Ex-Offenders Act Summary This bill allows certain ex-offenders to obtain a provisional, or probationary, occupational license if they are otherwise qualified.  Research indicates that a person who has been law abiding for at least five years […]

The Public Employee Bargaining Unit Decertification Elections Act

The Public Employee Bargaining Unit Decertification Elections Act  Summary Workers are entitled to seek an election to determine if a majority of their coworkers want to drop union representation. Decertification elections allow workers to decide if and how they want […]

The Public School Financial Transparency Act

The Public School Financial Transparency Act Summary The Public School Financial Transparency Act would require each local education provider in the state to create and maintain a searchable expenditure and revenue Web site database that includes detailed data of revenues […]

The Pursue and Control Child Predators Act

The Pursue and Control Child Predators Act Summary Section 1 requires Internet access providers to make available to subscribers a product or service that controls a child’s use of the Internet. Section 2 requires teaching online safety in the classroom. […]

The Reporting of Seizure and Forfeiture Act

The Reporting of Seizure and Forfeiture Act Summary This Act establishes reporting requirements for law enforcement agencies that have the authority under state or federal law to seize property and sell it to fund agency budgets. Model Policy {Title, enacting […]

The Review of Penal Laws Act

Summary This Act forms an interim commission of key stakeholders and experts to make recommendations to the legislature regarding the review of penal laws that are unnecessary, unclear, duplicative, overly broad, or otherwise insufficient to serve the purpose of the […]

The Right to Practice Forestry Act

Summary  This bill asserts that forestry operations may not be considered a nuisance if the forestry operation adheres to customary forestry management practices. Bill Information The Right to Practice Forestry Act counteracts local governments from restricting existing forestry operations and […]

The School Board Freedom to Contract Act

The School Board Freedom to Contract Act Summary The School Board Freedom to Contract Act encourages the establishment of public/private partnerships between school boards and the private sector for outsourcing and delivery of ancillary services under the direction of school […]

The Share the Road Safety Act

The Share the Road Safety Act Summary This Act provides increased safety instruction of young driver education programs by raising the awareness of all motor vehicle drivers on how to share the road/highway with large trucks. This legislation requires the […]

The Smart Start Scholarship Program

The Smart Start Scholarship Program Summary This bill creates a scholarship program that helps children from low- and middle-income families attend the public or private 4-year-old preschool program or 5-year-old kindergarten program of their parents’ choice. Model Legislation Section 1. […]

The Special Needs Scholarship Program Act

The Special Needs Scholarship Program Act Summary The Special Needs Scholarship Program creates a scholarship program that provides students with special needs the option to attend the public or private elementary or secondary school of their parents’ choice. Model Legislation […]

The Student-Centered Funding Act

The Student-Centered Funding Act Summary The Student-Centered Funding Act would create a student-centered finance model based on a weighted student formula in which money “follows” a child to his or her school. Purpose In any given state, education funding accounts […]

The Transparency and Accountability for Public Employee Bargaining Act

Summary This Act requires that once a public employer and employee have reached a collective bargaining agreement, the public employer shall post the agreement online for 14 days and hold a public hearing before a collective bargaining agreement can be […]

The Treating Accused Persons Fairly Act

The Treating Accused Persons Fairly Act Summary To protect persons from unjust criminal punishment for alleged violations of vague and unclear offenses by codifying the common-law rule of lenity and safeguarding due process rights. Model Policy {Title, enacting clause, etc.} […]

The Uninsured Motorist Stipulation of Benefits Act

The Uninsured Motorist Stipulation of Benefits Act Summary This bill is designed to reduce the number of uninsured motorists and to protect those who do comply with the fiscal responsibility laws from lawsuits by uninsured motorists. Model Policy Section 1. […]

The Virtual Public Schools Act

The Virtual Public Schools Act Declaration. (A) The General Assembly hereby finds and declares that: (1) Meeting the educational needs of children in our state’s schools is of the greatest importance to the future welfare of [state]; (2) Closing the […]

The Water/Wastewater Utility Public-Private Partnership Act

The Water/Wastewater Utility Public-Private Partnership Act Model Policy {Title, Enacting clause, etc.} Be it enacted by the legislature of the state of [insert state] Section 1. Definitions 1. Governmental agency refers to any state agency, state district, city, county, city […]

Title Pledge Act

Title Pledge Act Summary This Act will provide for statewide licensing of title pledge lenders, including examination standards. The goal of this legislation is to reinforce title pledge lenders’ financial responsibility to the public. Model Policy Section 1. {Short Title} […]

Traffic Incident Management Quick Clearance Act

Traffic Incident Management Quick Clearance Act Summary This Act establishes the duties of drivers when approaching traffic incidents, the expedited removal of vehicles from an incident, the liability protection for authorized clearance functions, and compensation for incident removal costs. Model […]

Transparency and Government Accountability Act

Transparency and Government Accountability Act                                                                       […]

Transparency in Lawsuits Protection Act

Summary On occasion, courts create an “implied” cause of action or a right to sue in regulatory legislation.  The principles for when courts will or will not create these “implied” causes of action are vague and uncertain.  For that reason, […]

Travel Agent Tax Fairness Act

Travel Agent Tax Fairness Act Summary This legislation establishes a sensible framework to eliminate confusion and controversy in the imposition of hotel occupancy taxes on services provided by travel agents and other travel intermediaries. The legislation clarifies that a service […]

Treatment Center Accountability Act

Treatment Center Accountability Act Summary This Act would require public treatment centers to track participants in their programs for at least one year to assess whether they are staying off drugs. Additionally, this Act requires centers to administer random drug […]

Trespasser Responsibility Act

Summary The Trespasser Responsibility Act provides that land possessors owe no duty of care to trespassers and are not liable for harms to trespassers except in limited situations that are recognized in the common law of most states. The model […]

Truth in Damages Act

Summary ALEC’s model Truth in Damages Act allows the admission into evidence of proof of collateral source payments made or likely to be made as compensation for the same damages sought in the suit. The Act requires that such payments […]

Truth in Forecasting Act

Truth in Forecasting Act Summary Current forecasting methods used to evaluate changes in tax policy are often an obstacle to the adoption of pro-growth tax policy. Current forecasting methods score a tax cut as a “loss” to the government, while […]

Truth in Spending Act

 Truth in Spending Act Model Legislation  {Title, enacting clause, etc.} Section 1. {Title} This act shall be known and may be cited as The Truth in Spending Act. Section 2. {Statement of purpose.} Section 3. {Amendment to state revenue and […]

Uncompensated Care Liability Act

Uncompensated Care Liability Act  Summary The purpose of this Act is to encourage the practice of uncompensated care for low-income patients by providing liability immunity.  Any licensed physician, any hospital, or any other health care provider who provides medical care […]

Unfunded Pension Liabilities Accounting and Transparency Act

Unfunded Pension Liabilities Accounting and Transparency Act Summary The Legislature finds that the future liabilities of the state’s several post-retirement pension and benefits plans may exceed the ability of these plans to fully pay future claims, possibly requiring taxpayers to […]

Uniform Bail Act

Uniform Bail Act Summary This Act would set standards for commercial bonds, cash bonds, and personal bonds. In addition, this Act would eliminate pretrial release agencies. The Act would set restrictions on the use of personal bonds. Model Policy {Title, […]

Uniform State Environmental Audit Privilege Act

Summary ALEC’s model Uniform State Environmental Audit Privilege Act is designed to encourage environmental compliance of the private sector by making environmental audits privileged to protect the confidentiality of communications relating to voluntary internal environmental audits. Model Legislation Section 1. […]

Unintended Consequences Prevention Act

Unintended Consequences Prevention Act Summary This Act provides that no state department or agency shall implement or enforce any provision of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unless the department or agency provides a certain report to the […]

Union Financial Responsibility Act

Union Financial Responsibility Act Summary The power of workers to make sound decisions concerning their careers, workplace choices, workplace representation, and other areas of importance hinges on a worker’s access to useful and relevant information. The legislature finds it is […]

Unlawful Release of a Minor’s Identifying Information

Unlawful Release of a Minor’s Identifying Information Section 1. {Title} This Act may be cited as the Unlawful Release of a Minor’s Identifying Information. Section 2. {Definitions} (A) A person shall not knowingly select and place, or direct the placement,  […]

Unlawful Release of a Minor’s Identifying Information

Unlawful Release of a Minor’s Identifying Information Section 1. {Title} This Act may be cited as the Unlawful Release of a Minor’s Identifying Information. Section 2. {Definitions} (A) A person shall not knowingly select and place, or direct the placement,  […]

Updating Net Metering Policies Resolution

Updating Net Metering Policies Resolution WHEREAS, the U.S. electric grid delivers a product essential to all Americans; and WHEREAS, electricity runs our economy—it powers our homes, businesses, industries, and the smart technologies and innovations that enhance our quality of life; […]

Use Tax Elimination Act

  Use Tax Elimination Act Summary The use tax was created as a “counter-part” to the sales tax, and designed to capture tax revenue from sales made outside the state. As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in Quill, […]

Used Oil Collection Act

Summary  ALEC model Used Oil Collection Act is designed to reduce the amount of improperly disposed used oil by providing incentives to increase the number of certified collection facilities for used oil. Model Legislation Section 1. {Short Title.} This act […]

Utility Construction Review Act

Summary  ALEC’s model Utility Construction Review Act is designed to ensure adequate and reliable electric power supply at the availability of a reasonable cost through reducing risks and uncertainties from the rate review process and encourage utilities to provide new […]

Vegetative Filter Strips Act

Summary The goal of this model bill is to encourage growers to voluntarily construct vegetative filter strips on land between a farm field and an area to be protected such as a stream, river, or sinkhole. This farming practice will […]

Verifiable Science Act

Summary: In order to protect citizens from arbitrary and capricious regulations promulgated without any impetus that is justified by pertinent, ascertainable, and peer-reviewed science, this act guarantees citizens the right to access scientific data that is used to develop public […]

Victim and Witness Address Confidentiality Act

Victim and Witness Address Confidentiality Act Summary This Act would restrict the individuals who may have access to the addresses and phone numbers of witnesses and victims to law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney. Victim assistance organizations may be granted […]

Victim Impact Statement Act

Victim Impact Statement Act Summary This Act would require the probation department to solicit a victim impact statement from a victim of a felony, after the conviction but before the sentencing of the felon. The probation officer would then be […]

Voluntary Childhood Lead Exposure Control Act

 Summary This Act provides protection from liability against claims of injuries allegedly arising from lead exposure for any residential property owner who voluntarily meets certain lead abatement and maintenance standards for his residential properties. Attaining such a maintenance standard is […]

Voluntary Contributions (Paycheck Protection) Act

Voluntary Contributions (Paycheck Protection) Act Summary The Voluntary Contributions Act requires labor organizations that engage in political activities to keep a segregated fund for political contributions. It further specifies that contributions to that fund will be on a voluntary basis […]

Volunteer Immunity and Charitable Organization Liability Limit Act

Summary The Act is intended to promote the formation, financial stability, and healthy operation of charitable organizations and to encourage volunteer and charitable organizations by limiting the exposure of organizations and volunteers to lawsuits arising from their charitable activities. Model […]

Vote on Taxes Joint Resolution

Vote on Taxes Joint Resolution  Summary Applying to the Congress of the United States pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution to call a limited constitutional convention for proposing the Vote On Taxes Amendment which would require that Congress […]

Waste Tire Abatement Act

 Summary Providing for nuisance abatement from improper waste tire treatment. Establishing a waste tire abatement fund. Providing for grants for the beneficial disposal of waste tires, imposing additional powers and duties on the (environmental agency), providing penalties, making an appropriation, […]

Welfare System Integrity Act

Welfare System Integrity Act Summary Many states are facing harsh economic realities—meanwhile, citizens are demanding greater accountability on how their tax dollars are spent.  In many states, citizens are voicing concerns over the escalating cost of the welfare portion of […]

Wetlands Mapping and Protection Act

Summary  ALEC’s model Wetlands Mapping and Protection Act is designed to permit a state to define the procedures, guidelines, and administration of a wetlands program for the state.  Key components of the bill include: a wetlands mapping program and classification […]

Whistleblower Immunity Act

Summary  The purpose of this Act is to encourage the exposure of negligent health care providers. This Act limits liability for certain information and safeguards the confidentiality of individuals who come forward to disclose medical providers who practice negligent care. […]

Wildlife Information Disclosure Act

 Summary This Act shall be known as the Wildlife Information Disclosure Act. Model Policy Section 1. {Disclosure of Personal Information} (A) The name and address and a telephone, social security, driver’s license, bank account, credit card, or charge card, number […]

Wireless Communications Tower Siting Act

Wireless Communications Tower Siting Act Summary These laws are enacted for the purpose of:  ensuring (1) the safe and efficient integration of facilities necessary for the provision of broadband and other advanced wireless communications services throughout the community and (2) […]

Workers’ Compensation as Exclusive Remedy Resolution

Workers’ Compensation as Exclusive Remedy Resolution Summary ALEC’s Workers’ Compensation as Exclusive Remedy Resolution reasserts the traditional no-fault principle upon which the system is based. Model Resolution {Title} WHEREAS, since the early 1900s every state has adopted some type of […]

Workers’ Compensation Fraud Warning Act

Workers’ Compensation Fraud Warning Act Summary The Workers’ Compensation Fraud Warning Act authorizes an insurer or self-insured employer to provide notice to an injured worker on or with a check for temporary disability benefits that it is unlawful to make […]

Workers’ Compensation Medical Records Disclosure Act

Workers’ Compensation Medical Records Disclosure Act Summary Current legislative proposals to protect the privacy of individually identifiable financial and medical information severely restrict, or do not sufficiently address, the rights of employers in workers’ compensation, and other employee entitlement, claim […]

Workplace Drug Testing Act

Workplace Drug Testing Act Summary ALEC’s model Workplace Drug Testing Act provides that an employer may test for drugs and alcohol in accordance with provisions in the Act, and establishes testing standards and procedures, and protections for the employee and […]

Resolution on Ensuring Access to Convenient Care Clinics

Resolution on Ensuring Access to Convenient Care Clinics Model Resolution WHEREAS, {Insert state legislative body} finds that access to health care is important to its citizens; and WHEREAS, {Insert state legislative body} finds that state legislators can have a profound […]