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The diversity of policy experimentation and accountable governance made possible by the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has enabled our nation to thrive despite the changing needs of a global economy. Given the importance of federalism to our future, it is essential that The Council of State Governments dedicate itself to preserving the role of the states as the “laboratories of democracy” and work both to limit unnecessary federal intrusions into areas of state responsibility and to foster effective cooperation in areas of shared jurisdiction.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments advocates for federal emergency supplemental recovery legislation, including a program similar to Go Zone Bonds created after Hurricane Katrina;

BE IT NOW THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments urges states to conduct fingerprint based criminal background checks on all nurse licensure applicants by  enacting a relevant provision in the jurisdiction’s Nurse Practice Act or relevant regulations.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments supports federal government efforts to provide the personnel, assets and other resources needed to lower drug-related violence in Puerto Rico and USVI.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Government supports state sovereignty over online gaming regulation and opposes further federal regulation.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages states to consider the feasibility of implementing an assessment and review of all chronic disease management programs in states by considering the creation of a Chronic Disease Legislative Caucus to identify best practices in chronic care coordination and to make recommendations to the Governor, Legislature, Department of Health and other relevant state agencies in an effort to take steps to reduce the burden of multiple chronic conditions on the state and its residents.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges the current and future U.S. Secretaries of State to continue the practice of appointing a Special Representative to the Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages states to continue to evaluate the energy efficiency and demand reduction opportunities that can be achieved with electric utility grid modernization efforts, subject to the unique and specific circumstances that exist in their respective state.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges the appropriation of funds for the 3rd year of the STEP grant pilot program (2013-2014).  

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages federal legislative and oversight actions such as, but not limited to, the Congressional Review Act  to subject MATS to further analysis for its potential negative impacts on jobs, state economies and their recovery, electricity prices for consumers, domestic manufacturing, and international competitiveness  in addition to the bipartisan Fair Compliance Act sponsored by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dan Coats (R-IN) that would harmonize MATS compliance deadlines with pre-construction and construction timelines to install emission reduction technologies, construct replacement capacity, implement transmission reinforcement or other mitigation measures to assure electricity prices are reasonable, and the reliability of the electric grid is maintained without changing the final rule’s stringency or reduction levels.  

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