Key Points
  • 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.

Publications

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Model Policies

  • A Resolution to Establish a Local Taxpayer Bill of Rights for Residents of (INSERT JURISDICTION) Final

    WHEREAS, this great nation is built on the solid foundation of government being of the people, by the people and for the people, and WHEREAS, it has become too commonplace for governments at all levels, to solve financial problems by creating new taxes and/or increasing existing taxes with little or …

  • 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 technology that has the capability to direct a vehicle …

  • 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 a dynamic economy; (2) Small businesses bear a …

  • 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 section 3. (b) “Agency” …

  • 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. This Act would establish …

  • 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 designed to improve public operational efficiency and environmental performance, …

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Task Forces

Communications and Technology

With nearly 200 members representing all parts of the country and every segment of industry, the Communications and Technology Task …

Press Releases

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