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.


All Model Policies

  • The Home-Based Business Fairness Act Final

    BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF __________: SECTION 1. DEFINITIONS “Goods” means any merchandise, equipment, products, supplies or materials. “Home-based business” means any business for the manufacture, provision or sale of goods or services that is owned and operated by the owner or tenant of …

  • Resolution in Support of Independent Contracting Final

    It is resolved that the state of [insert state] is strongly committed to entrepreneurship, the freedom of contract, and opportunity for all Americans to pursue work that fits their lifestyle. Flexible work arrangements advanced through independent contracting and other forms of self-employment provide the best economic opportunity for tens of …

  • Uniform Worker Classification Act Final

    Section 1. {Short Title.} This Act shall be known as the Uniform Worker Classification Act. Section 2. {Legislative Declarations.} FINDINGS: The Legislature Finds: (A)         Recent developments in the workforce marketplace, and in particular with the advent of the so-called “gig,” “entrepreneurial,” or “sharing” economy, have highlighted the uncertainty that …

  • Employment Mandate Preemption Final

    The People of the State __ enact: Sec. 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the “local government labor regulatory limitation act.” Sec. 2. The legislature finds and declares that regulation of the employment relationship between a nonpublic business and its employees is a matter of …

  • Model Legislation for Remote Online Notarization Final

    Chapter       Remote Online Notary Sec. 1.   DEFINITIONS.  In this (Chapter): “Appear” or “personally appear” or “in the presence of” means: being in the same physical location as another person and close enough to see, hear, communicate with, and exchange tangible identification credentials with that individual; or interacting with another …

  • Resolution on the Misapplication of Employee Classification Laws

    WHEREAS, franchising contributes $1.6 trillion to the United States economy through 733,000 franchise businesses; and WHEREAS, franchise businesses employ over 13 million workers; and WHEREAS, franchising has been a major source of economic expansion in the United States, particularly in the retail trade and services sectors, providing entrepreneurs with a …

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