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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 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 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 Safe2Tell Program, first created in 2004, is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization based on the Colorado Prevention Initiative for School Safety with initial funding from The Colorado Trust. The primary purpose of the Safe2Tell Program is to provide students and the community with the means to relay information anonymously concerning unsafe, potentially harmful, dangerous, violent, or criminal activities, or the threat of these activities, to appropriate law enforcement and public safety agencies and school officials.

The Act offers lawyers an annual subsidy to live and work in rural areas of the state based on the national incentive program used for doctors, nurses and dentists.

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.

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.

This Act provides for the board of funeral and cemetery service to create a courtesy card for funeral directors licensed in bordering states, authorizing the funeral directors to provide certain funeral services in the state.

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.

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.

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