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NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments acknowledges the recent dialogue rating agencies have conducted with state treasurers and other issuers in this regard and recommends that: (1) rating agencies should utilize a single rating scale for all debt instruments such that a rating applied to a municipal bond indicates the same credit risk as that same rating applied to corporate bonds, while also recognizing the need for relative ratings amongst municipal issuers; and (2) ratings should measure the ability of an issuer to meet its obligation to investors as promised in the bond documents, such obligation primarily being to pay debt service on time and in full.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments supports the goals and ideals for the 2010 Census and will disseminate 2010 Census information to encourage participation.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments asks its affiliates and membership to partner together to achieve an accurate and complete count.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments encourages its members to participate in events and initiatives that will raise overall awareness of the 2010 Census and increase participation among all populations.
 

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that that the Council of State Governments encourages the state legislative mental health caucuses to work with public and private providers, non-profit groups such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Mental Health Association and other mental health patient advocacy groups, as well any other private or public entities with an interest in mental health issues in order to educate the legislature and the public on mental health needs and services in their states

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges the Congress and the administration work with CSG’s members on developing alternatives to REAL ID, such as PASS ID, that will allow states to actively participate in the development and implementation of a more secure and sustainable DL/ID system.

NOW BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges the Congress and the administration to work with CSG and CSG’s members as PASS ID moves through the legislative process to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that the legislation includes increased privacy protections, minimizes the cost burden to states, and continues ongoing and substantive stakeholder coordination.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages local, state, federal and provincial governments to adopt open procurement policies between our two countries.

NOW BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments undertake concerted efforts to build awareness and appreciation for the mutual benefits of the open two-way trade system that exists between Canada and the United States.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments applauds provisions included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that provide funding for states to support the adoption of health information technology; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments calls on the federal government to continue to lead the effort to implement a nationwide network of health information technology systems and devise standards that ensure private-sector and state-supported systems are interoperable; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments urges the federal government to encourage providers to adopt secure, effective health information technology systems.
 

The Council of State Governments recommends that states work cooperatively where appropriate to enter into multistate agreements and interstate compacts to enhance the potential for federal high-speed rail funding.

NOW, BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments supports each state developing policies supporting the capture, injection and underground storage of carbon dioxide while addressing issues such as experimental permits, trust funds to administer programs, and long-term liability; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments urges Congress and the Administration to act in close partnership with state governments and to support and supplement their policies to capture, inject, store underground and withdraw carbon dioxide for beneficial reuse or sale; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments strongly urges Congress and the Administration to support state efforts to store or find beneficial uses for carbon dioxide emissions by providing additional funding and incentives for research into carbon capture and storage technologies and underground storage capacities.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges Congress, in coordination with the administration and state and local governments, to adopt legislation modifying the Recovery Act so as to allow state and local governments to set aside a portion of their stimulus funds for the administrative costs involved with meeting the reporting and accountability requirements established by the Recovery Act.

Resolution that urges all states to grant Continuing Legal Education Credits to attorneys who attend Committee on Suggested State Legislation meetings.
 

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