- 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.
Resolution Encouraging the Support of Infrastructure Buildout to Pave the Pathway for Next Generation Networks Final
WHEREAS, mobile broadband access is critical in creating economically sustainable communities; and WHEREAS, the U.S. leads the world in 4G LTE services – of which 99.6 percent of Americans have access to – providing broad coverage and wireless connectivity that offers unmatched consumer benefits in areas such as education and …
An Act Relating to Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Establishing Statewide Standards, Protecting Privacy, and Ensuring Public Safety Final
Preamble A bill to provide for the operation and regulation of unmanned aircraft systems in this state; to provide for the powers and duties of state and local governmental officers and entities; and to prohibit misconduct related to the operation of unmanned aircraft systems, to promote accountability of operators, and …
An Act Relating to Online Lodging Marketplaces – Establishing Statewide Standards, Protecting Privacy, and Enabling Efficient Tax Remittance Final
Section 1 – Definitions “Lodging Marketplace” means a person that provides a platform through which an Unaffiliated Third Party offers to rent a Vacation Rental or Short-Term Rental to an occupant and collects the consideration for the rental from the occupant. For the purposes of this paragraph: “Unaffiliated Third Party” …
Resolution Urging Canada’s Trudeau Administration to Protect Intellectual Property Rights by Dismantling the Promise Doctrine and Opposing Similar Initiatives Proposed by Trading Partners Worldwide Final
WHEREAS, the right to own property is a fundamental human right; and WHEREAS, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) are crucial to the future of the innovation-based economy; and WHEREAS, creating an environment where property rights are protected and legally enforced contributes to social and economic growth and …
Section 1. Definitions [Appropriately designated section number] of the statutes is created to read: (1) “Hotel” means any structure or space, or any portion thereof, that: (a) Is occupied, or intended or designed for occupancy, by transients for dwelling, lodging, or sleeping purposes; and (b) Accepts on-site reservations for accommodations; …
WHEREAS, American consumers have come to rely on high speed communications networks constructed by communications providers to improve their overall quality of life including in the areas of healthcare, education, business, emergency services, and other purposes; and WHEREAS, communications providers must make sizeable investments to keep pace with consumer demand …
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.