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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.
 

BE IT THEREFORE NOW RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments calls upon the United States Congress, United States Army Corps of Engineers and United States Bureau of Reclamation to form partnerships with the states to extend the productive lives of reservoirs.

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.

 

Suggested State Legislation: This Act creates a mortgage fraud statute with criminal penalties and authorizes the state Attorney General to take action to enforce the statute. The bill also authorizes a private right of action for violations of the statute in specified circumstances. Sections about seizing and disposing property involved with mortgage fraud can be found in the Maryland law but are excluded from this SSL draft.

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