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.
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.
Draft Model Policies
- Courier Application Services Act
- Earned Wage Access Act
- Protecting Businesses and Workers Act
- Overtime Exceptions and Class Actions Prohibition Act
- Smart Cryptocurrency Rules Act
- Protection from Drone Trespassing Act
Task Force Meeting Agenda
Friday, July 29th, 2022
9:15 AM – 12:15 PM ET
Call to Order
New Member Introductions
Presentation and Discussion: Determining Proper Property Valuations
Presentation: Protecting Workers’ Rights
Presentation: Reducing Barriers for Entrepreneurs
Presentation: Pet Policy in the States
Presentation: Returning to Economic Development Policies
Presentation: Solutions to Organized Retail Theft
New Model Policy: Courier Application Services Act
New Model Policy: Earned Wage Access Act
New Model Policy: Protecting Businesses and Workers Act
New Model Policy: Overtime Exceptions and Class Actions Prohibition Act
New Model Policy: Smart Cryptocurrency Rules Act
New Model Policy: Protection from Drone Trespassing Act
Member Updates and For the Good of the Order
All Model Policies
Section 1. (A) (A)(1) Except as provided in divisions (B) and (C) of this section, an employer is not required to pay the overtime wage rate under section ______ of the Revised Code to an employee for any time that the employee spends performing any of the following activities:…
Earned Wage Access Act Draft
Definitions (1) “Consumer” means a natural person residing in the State of XX. (2) “Earned but Unpaid Income” means funds that are based on wages, compensation, or income that a Consumer has represented, and that a Provider has reasonably determined, have been earned or have accrued to the benefit of…
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ______ (State Name): SECTION 1. NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the ______ Statutes as Section ______ of Title ______, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows: This act shall be…
1. Definitions: For the purposes of this chapter, the words defined in this section have the meaning given. a. “Cryptocurrency,” refers to a form of virtual currency recorded using cryptographically secured distributed ledger technology. There are various means of recording transactions and managing the issuance of new units…
SECTION 1. A new section of law to be codified in the ______ Statutes as Section _____ of Title ____, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows: (A) No person using an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or drone, as defined by the Federal Aviation Administration, shall,…
SECTION 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the “Protecting Businesses and Workers Act.” SECTION 2. Chapter _______ of Title _______ of the Official Code of _______ (State Name) Annotated, relating to minimum wage law, is amended by revising Code Section _______, relating to…