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

  • Taxpayer Dollars Protect Workers Act Final

    SECTION 1 – Statement and Purpose: WHEREAS, [insert state], as part of its economic development policy, has the right to set terms and conditions in connection with the awarding of economic development incentives; and WHEREAS, [insert state], as part of its economic development policy, seeks to play an integral role…

  • Reject CBDCs and Protect Financial Privacy Act Final

    (1) Definitions: For the purposes of this chapter, the words defined in this section have the meaning given. (a) “Financial Privacy” refers to the protection of a citizen’s nonpublic financial information. (b) “Central Bank Digital Currency” refers to a digital medium of exchange, token, or monetary…

  • Accessory Dwelling Units Act Final

    Section 1. Purpose and Intent. (1) To promote economic self-sufficiency and address shortages in housing supply and increasing housing affordability problems, it is the policy of [state] to promote and encourage the creation of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in order to meet the communities’ housing needs and to…

  • Right to Start Act Final

    BE IT ENACTED BY THE __________ (GENERAL ASSEMBLY OR LEGISLATURE) OF THE STATE OF __________: This bill shall be known and may be cited as the “Right-to-Start Act.” Section A: Office of Entrepreneurship  There is hereby created within the _________ (Department) of __________ (Economic Development or Commerce or Other)…

  • An Act to Prohibit State Contracts with Chinese Government-Owned or Affiliated Technology Manufacturers Final

    (1) Definitions (a) As used in this Code section, the term: (1) ‘Company’ means any sole proprietorship, organization, association, corporation, partnership, joint venture, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability company, or other entity or business association, including all wholly owned subsidiaries, majority owned subsidiaries, parent…

  • Residential Amenities Sharing Act Final

    BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF __________: SECTION 1. DEFINITIONS (1) “Effectively prohibit” means a local governing body acts or fails to act in a manner that prevents a property owner from using the owner’s property as a residential amenities sharing unit after reasonable compliance with…

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