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

  • Resolution Supporting Access to Safe and Reliable Payments Systems Final

    WHEREAS, Americans have developed an exceptionally advanced and innovative payments system through a steadfast focus on private sector leadership that respects the rights of individuals and companies to make their own informed choices about how they pay and are paid; and WHEREAS, the market-based payments approach in this country responds…

  • Resolution on Directory Enforcement Final

    Urging the States to Enforce Against Illicit and Non-Compliant Nicotine Vapor Products, Particularly from China, That are Defying Federal Law and Putting Kids and Adults at Risk WHEREAS, the United States has provided the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with regulatory authority over nicotine vapor products, with scientific…

  • No Government Trespassing Act Final

    ENTITLED An Act to prohibit conservation officer trespass onto private land. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of ___________: Section 1. That a NEW SECTION be added: Conservation officers–Entering private land–Prohibition–Exceptions. Notwithstanding any provision of state or federal law, no conservation officer may, in the course of performing the…

  • Regulatory Sunset Act Final

    (a) Any rule promulgated after the effective date of this Act shall terminate five years after it is promulgated. Any rule, promulgated on or before the effective date of this Act, that is amended after the effective date of this Act shall terminate five years after its first post-Act amendment.

  • Open Access to Vertiports Act Final

    Policy. It is the policy of this state to promote the development of a network of vertiports that will provide equitable access to citizens of this state who may benefit from advanced air mobility operations for cargo and passenger service, and to avoid any vertiport monopolization or discrimination, by: (i)…

  • 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…

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