Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development

Task Force Description

Members of the Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force believe that economic freedom is the cornerstone of prosperity. The Task Force promotes policies that enhance competitiveness, promote employment, encourage innovation and limit government regulations imposed on business. The Task Force develops model policy to facilitate the implementation of these policies in the states and educates ALEC members through Task Force meetings, issue briefings, policy papers, and special workshops.

Major Issues

Transportation and Infrastructure—The Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force encourages the use of public-private partnerships (P3s) related to transportation infrastructure. P3s—mutually beneficial contracts between government and private sector entities to deliver public services—accelerate delivery schedules, decrease costs, and transfer risk away from the government. Members of the Task Force also support policies that give states the flexibility to determine how best to utilize their transportation dollars. This keeps decision-making in the hands of those who best know the intricacies of their state’s transportation infrastructure needs, thus providing better services at a lower cost.

Labor and Employment Reform—The Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force’s model policies on labor preserve freedom of association for employees while protecting worker choice and taxpayer dollars. To those ends, Task Force model policies promotes collective bargaining transparency, secret ballot elections, and employee choice regarding union involvement.

The Task Force also examines the effects of overly burdensome occupational licensing requirements on the economy and supports policies that allow individuals to pursue lawful occupation free from occupational regulations unrelated to public health and safety.

Financial Services—An area of policy that affects most Americans every day, the insurance, banking and lending industries are home to thousands of complex regulations. Members believe that in many instances, over-regulation of a financial tool lessens its availability and ultimately harms the consumers the regulation was intended to protect. For that reason, members of the Task Force work on model policies that allow free markets to flourish while protecting consumers.

Good Governance Practices—To ensure Americans receive the most return on their taxpayer investment, state governments should operate with transparency, accountability, and efficiency. To achieve these goals, members of the Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force have passed model policies that identify situations in which private sector involvement can provide public goods and services in a more efficient manner, provide for the detection and elimination of fraud, waste and abuse in government, and require accountability in the regulatory process. These commonsense solutions can limit the size and scope of government by streamlining the process by which the government operates.

Meeting Information

The 2016 Spring Task Force Meeting will take place on May 6 at the Omni William Penn in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Draft models under consideration by the Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force include:

All Model Policies

  • Statement of Principles on State Workers’ Compensation Reform Draft

    Preamble Government policy should encourage fair and sustainable state-based workers’ compensation laws that provide quality medical care and benefits to injured workers, and focus on workplace safety and successful return-to-work programs. Fair laws maintain an equitable balance between the interests and accountability of both employers and employees. Sustainable laws facilitate …

  • State Council on Competitive Government Act Sunset Review

    {Title, enacting clause, etc.} Section 1. {Definitions.} In this chapter: (1)  “Council” means the State Council on Competitive Government. (2)  “Local government” means a county, municipality, special district, school district, junior college district, or other legally constituted political subdivision of the state. Section 2. {Competition, Innovation and Creativity in State Services.} …

  • Prohibition Against Regulation of Nutritional Information Dissemination Sunset Review

    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, or other food facility. (2) An ordinance or regulation that violates Subsection (1) is …

  • The Hurricane Mitigation Promotion Act Sunset Review

    {Title, enacting clause, etc.} Section 1. {Designation.} The period from May 25th to May 31st of each year is “Hurricane Mitigation Week.” Section 2. {Proclamation.}  The Governor is requested to issue each year, a proclamation calling on: (A) Individuals, business owners, and commercial property owners within …

  • Resolution in Support of the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Sunset Review

    WHEREAS, the “Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act” (TIFIA) program was created by the United States Congress to provide credit assistance, such as low-interest direct loans to leverage scarce public funds and support projects that utilize a specific local revenue stream for repayment to nationally or regionally significant surface transportation …

  • Occupational Board Reform Act Final

    A bill for an act relating to occupational regulations contrary to the Sherman (Antitrust) Act; establishing the state policy for the regulation of occupations, specifying criteria for government regulation to increase opportunities, promote competition, encourage innovation, protect consumers, and comply with federal antitrust law; proposing coding for new law as ____________, …

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