CSG Committee on Suggested State Legislation

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The Act makes it a Class C misdemeanor to use fraudulent military records to obtain benefits intended for those who have actually served in the military.

The Act authorizes the creation of self-settled spendthrift trusts, which protect trust assets against the claims of a settlor who is also a trust beneficiary. This bill allows a settlor to transfer assets to an irrevocable trust to be held for the joint benefit of the settlor and at least one other beneficiary.

The rapid expansion of aerial surveillance technology with unmanned vehicles like drones was an issue of significant concern and interest across states. The signaling by the Federal Aviation Administration to open up more air space for commercial use by drones, and their application for law enforcement purposes precipitated the passage of several pieces of legislation across the country adding new parameters on the use of this transformational technology.

The rapid expansion of aerial surveillance technology with unmanned vehicles like drones was an issue of significant concern and interest across states. The signaling by the Federal Aviation Administration to open up more air space for commercial use by drones, and their application for law enforcement purposes precipitated the passage of several pieces of legislation across the country
adding new parameters on the use of this transformational technology.

This Act requires two hours of training in youth suicide awareness and prevention as a requirement for the renewal of credentials of individuals employed in a middle school or high school in the state. The Act requires the Department of Education to develop training guidelines and materials to be used in local school districts.

The subjects of reforming teacher tenure and promoting teacher effectiveness have been high-profile issues across several states due to significant implications for both education and fiscal policy. Legislation passed in Louisiana, Maine and New Jersey are recent examples other states may wish to consider when examining the potentially controversial issues surrounding the process of changing or modifying existing tenure programs for public educators.

This Act allows the Department of Motor Vehicles to establish an electronic titling program for new motor vehicles. The DMV will refrain from issuing a certificate of title in paper form and, instead, shall create only the electronic record of such title to be retained by the Department in its existing electronic title record system with a notation that no certificate of title has been printed on paper.

The Act authorizes investor-owned natural gas utilities to petition its economic regulator (the State Corporation Commission) to implement a separate rider that will allow for recovery of certain costs associated with eligible pipeline replacement projects.

The Act gives non-utility electricity consumers the ability to buy power directly from renewable energy generators, and it requires the Public Service Commission to approve contracts for electric service from renewable energy facilities.

The growth in popularity of interactive and online gaming has led several states to pursue new legislative measures to capture the potential revenue streams and opportunities that IT technology could provide. New Jersey and Nevada passed authorizing legislation for these activities, in addition to new interstate compact language, that could be of interest to other states.

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