- Public policy relating to communications and technology should be driven by free market principles.
- The Internet must remain free from intermediary criminal liability under state laws for Internet businesses, and today’s approach that allows the competitive marketplace to generate innovative and welfare-enhancing platforms for consumer services online, free from excessive governmental regulation and overreaching state criminal law enforcement must be maintained.
- Regulations should target actual harms to consumers or to public health or safety, and should not stifle innovation, competition, or access to technologies.
- Voluntary codes of conduct, industry-driven standards and individual empowerment should be preferred over government regulation.
Whether improving processes, creating products or developing new ideas, the application of technology can enable real changes in how state government works, both in quality of services delivered to constituents, cost savings and quality of life.
States have the opportunity in our national balance of government power, to address policy challenges through innovation and experimentation, to lead by being the “laboratories of democracy.” Most of the challenges are not easy, but innovation is often the way through, and states are best equipped for this challenge. Confronting challenges in these “laboratories,” and taking the risks to create a better tomorrow provides a best practices blueprint for other states and the federal government. States are the incubators of solutions. But even when the creative goes astray, the experience provides valuable insight for other states as they grapple with their challenges.
Solving real problems with relevant solutions is the key to any successful public policy agenda. In other words, innovation is just as much about identifying the problem as it is about creating the solution. The secrets of America’s success at invention are flexibility, the willingness to experiment and learn from mistakes, an inherent love of risk taking, adventure, discovery, entrepreneurship, the internal drive that gives permission to imagine and invent, the freedom to succeed and the freedom to fail…and a sensible government that stays out of the way of the magic. This is innovation.
I. Policymakers should avoid one-size fits all frameworks. Any framework should identify actual harms to consumers and be designed to protect against those harms. Prescriptive legislation should be avoided as it prevents the private sector from innovatively addressing public concerns about the technology. To the extent possible, policymakers should avoid …
Resolution: WHEREAS, laws and regulations should allow health care providers to practice the full extent of their professional training and expertise through telehealth; WHEREAS, laws and regulations should permit health care providers to deliver all forms of telehealth, including real-time video consultations, remote patient monitoring, and store-and-forward technology; WHEREAS, all …
Resolution Supporting Innovative Technologies to Strengthen States and Local Communities by Enabling Statewide Use of Distributed Ledger Technology Final
WHEREAS, the Legislature believes it is in the best interest of [the state] to authorize corporations, the state of [state] and local municipalities to use electronic networks or databases for the creation or maintenance of records; authorizing the use of a data address to identify a corporation’s shareholder; authorizing corporations …
Statement of Principles on Electronics Recycling Programs for States and Feds Considering Mandates on Recycling Consumer Electronics Final
The private sector should lead the way. The private sector should lead the design and the operation of any electronics recycling program. Technology companies that designed the products and put them onto the market historically, and recyclers capable of recycling them safely and cost effectively, should be given both the …
WHEREAS, the Internet has created millions of new American jobs and generated billions of dollars in revenue for American businesses; WHEREAS, online platforms enabled users to generate, upload, and share their own content, and this capability has become a core component of the online experience; WHEREAS, ALEC’s principles of limited …
WHEREAS, automated driving systems remain in the early stages of development, necessitating the establishment of a common definitional taxonomy. WHEREAS, the dynamic driving task refers to the real-time operational and tactical functions required to operate a vehicle in on-road traffic, excluding the strategic functions such as trip scheduling and selection …
Arlington, VA (October 13, 2016)— An estimated 2.8 million drones will be purchased in the United States this year alone as interest in the new technology has soared in recent …
Texas State Representative Phil King Named Chairman of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Center for Innovation and Technology
The Center provides state lawmakers with guides, data, research and a structure to imagine and create a plan of action for how innovation could benefit their states. Whether improving processes, creating products or developing new ideas, the Center provides a place for breakout inspiration and examination of policy improvements. The Center is led by ALEC Vice President Bartlett Cleland.