NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments strongly supports the implementation of a comprehensive, national Farm to School program that helps schools provide staff training, conduct menu planning, locate sources of locally produced food, purchase food, and assists farmers and schools to purchase the necessary equipment to encourage the utilization of locally produced food products.
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages state legislators and government officials to recognize the importance of higher education to their economic growth and development and that state policymakers place a greater emphasis on improving access to higher education so that their citizens can obtain the skills necessary to compete in today’s changing economy.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages state legislatures to offer more stability in revenue for institutions of higher education. States should consider financial incentives or rewards aimed at colleges and universities for courses students complete as well as for students enrolled.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that The Council of State Government urges appropriate, ongoing, and consistent federal homeland security funding; and
BE IT THEREFORE FURTHER RESOLVED that The Council of State Governments believes that federal funding for homeland security should be maintained at the current level or increased to address the current threats, as well as new and emerging threats, and the need to meet federal mandates; and
BE IT THEREFORE FURTHER RESOLVED that the traditional all hazards and first responder programs should continue to be funded.
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments strongly urges Congress to restore funding to the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program to the Fiscal Year 2007 level of $520 million, at a minimum; and
BE IT THEREFORE FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports full funding in future years for this critical anti-crime program at its authorized level of $1.095 billion.
BE IT NOW THEREFORE RESOLVED that The Council of State Governments commends the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate for acting in a bipartisan manner to pass legislation that will temporarily delay implementation of proposals that would have significantly restricted federal support for essential Medicaid services, limited access to services and threatened the ability of providers to continue delivering services to Medicaid beneficiaries and the uninsured;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The Council of State Governments urges the President, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Members of Congress to work with the States to address concerns regarding the financial partnership between states and the federal government in the Medicaid program.
Earlier this year, the National Homeland Security Consortium (NHSC) developed a white paper which contained recommendations designed to provide national policy guidance for both short and long-term strategic homeland security issues. The white paper, Protecting Americans in the 21st Century: Imperatives for the Homeland, represents an effort by various disciplines and professions to come together and acknowledge that homeland security is a shared responsibility between all levels of government, the private sector and citizens. Further, the white paper clarifies that these entities should be equal partners with the federal government in setting national goals and their supporting policies and procedures.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments opposes preemption of state and local finance authority and state oversight of the debt issuance process through revision or repeal of the Tower Amendment or enactment of legislation to subject state and local government issuers to federal disclosure laws.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports the self-regulatory structure of the municipal market, and the commitment of all issuers of municipal securities with federal and state laws and Securities and Exchange Commission rules.
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments supports transportation initiatives that incorporate increased intergovernmental participation; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments supports a multi-modal and regional approach as determined by the affected states when examining issues surrounding transportation and transportation finance; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments supports an approach to transportation and transportation planning that addresses environmental and economic development concerns.
BE IT NOW RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments does hereby endorse and support the efforts of the National Association of State Treasurers to establish an effective system of returning matured, unredeemed savings bonds to their rightful owners.
NOW BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments supports the NLGA effort and the ‘Ending Cervical Cancer in our Lifetime’ campaign, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that state officials support comprehensive education on the established facts regarding cervical cancer including abstinence, Pap testing and its availability, and the availability of a HPV vaccine, and that this support may be in the form of personal initiative, legislative, budgetary or executive authority, and