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

Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Meeting

Thursday, July 25, 2024

2:00pm – 5:00 pm MT

Welcome

2:00 PM- Call to Order

2:05 PM- Member Introductions and Announcements

2:20 PM- Subcommittee Reports

Presentations

2:25 PM- Grading State Insurance Regulations

2:40 PM- Protecting Worker Votes and Voices

2:55 PM- Good Housing Policy Makes Good Neighbors

Model Policy Discussions

3:20 PM- Amendments- Earned Wage Access Act

3:30 PM- Public Employee Bill of Rights

3:40 PM- Establish the Office of Regulatory Management Act

3:50 PM- Military Spouse Licensure Act

4:00 PM- Workforce Housing Tax Incentives Act

4:10 PM- Increasing Light-Touch Density Housing Act

4:20 PM- Housing Opportunities Made Easier (HOME) Act

4:30 PM- Stop Squatters Act

Adjournment

4:40 PM- Member Updates and For the Good of the Order

5:00 PM Adjournment

All Model Policies

  • Resolution Reaffirming Support for the U.S. State-Based System of Title Insurance Regulation in Response to Growing Federal Encroachment Draft

    WHEREAS, the U.S. state-based system of insurance regulation has effectively protected consumers and helped create the largest, most competitive and innovative insurance market in the world; and WHEREAS, Congress has continually affirmed the primacy of state-based insurance regulation, including in the McCarran-Ferguson Act in 1945 and most recently in the…

  • Model Policy to Protect Select US Land from Ownership by America’s Foreign Adversaries Draft

    Sec. 1. Definitions. In this Act: (a) Foreign Adversary.— “Foreign Adversary” means: (1) the governments of the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea; (2)  any agency or instrumentality of such…

  • Resolution Opposing the Imposition or Expansion of Digital Trade Barriers Draft

    WHEREAS, digital trade plays a crucial role in the U.S. economy, fostering innovation, and spurring economic growth; and WHEREAS, the imposition of trade barriers in the digital realm could stifle technological advancements, hinder cross-border data flows, and limit the potential for international collaboration; and WHEREAS, a free and open digital…

  • Increasing Light-Touch Density Housing Act Draft

    ACT PURPOSE This bill, among other things, would authorize light touch density housing containing no more than [insert a number] residential units on all lots within any zone in which housing is permitted without discretionary review or hearing, unless zoning permits higher densities or intensities. Also authorizes light touch density…

  • Housing Opportunities Made Easier (HOME) Act Draft

    Section 1. Short Title. This Act shall be known as the “Housing Opportunities Made Easier (HOME) Act.” Section 2. Definitions. For purposes of this Act: (a) Duplex means a house divided into two Dwelling Units, with a separate entrance for each. (b) Dwelling or Dwelling Unit…

  • Workforce Housing Tax Incentives Program Draft

    Section. 1. Definitions. (1) “Brownfield site” means an abandoned, idled, or underutilized property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. A brownfield site includes property contiguous with the site on which the property is located. A brownfield site does not include property which has been…

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