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BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages Congress to amend the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act to:

1. Apply UMRA’s cost estimation requirements to legislation that alters the conditions for receiving already existing federal grant assistance such as Medicaid and federal grants under the No Child Left Behind Act.

2. Expand the scope of cost estimates to include indirect costs imposed by new legislation and rule making such as lost revenue.

3. Remove the exception for mandates issued by independent regulatory agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

4. Remove the current exception for urgent federal regulations issued without prior notice by requiring cost estimates to be issued for such urgent rule making decisions within six months after their adoption.
 

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments strongly urge Congress to restore funding to the child support enforcement program by passing The Child Support Protection Act of 2007 (S. 803) or similar legislation.

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.

 

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.
 

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.
 

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.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports state efforts to promote pharmaceutical and bioscience innovation as it is in the best interest of both our states’ economic growth and prosperity, as well as the public health of our citizens;

NOW BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages states to support pharmaceutical and bioscience innovation, which could include the establishment of a Life Sciences Advisory Board, Joint Committee on Biosciences, and/or a focused legislative subcommittee to enhance the legislature’s ability to direct state policies towards innovation growth and biopharmaceutical awareness.

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 THEREFORE RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports and encourages states to enforce existing U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations that prohibit serving foods of minimal nutritional value during mealtimes in school food service areas, including vending machines.

 

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.

 

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