Policy Area

Suggested State Legislation: This Act limits how long companies that process credit card and related electronic transactions can retain sensitive information such as card security code data and PINs after a transaction is made.

Suggested State Legislation: Generally, applicants for new driver licenses and license renewals can designate whether they wish to donate all or any of their body organs or tissues, upon their deaths, for the purposes of transplantation, therapy, medical research, or education. This Act requires the state Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to share its organ donor information with federally designated private-sector Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) operating in the state.

Suggested State Legislation:  This Act creates a Newborn Umbilical Cord Blood Bank for postnatal tissue and fluid and creates a Commission for Saving the Cure. The legislation directs the Commission for Saving the Cure to develop a program to educate pregnant patients with respect to the banking of postnatal tissue and fluid.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act provides a partial remedy for false Medicaid claims by providing specific procedures whereby the state, and private citizens acting for and on behalf of the state, may bring civil actions against people and entities who have obtained state funds through the submission of false or fraudulent claims to state agencies.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act creates a Mine and Industrial Accident Rapid Response System; provides requirements for protective equipment in underground mines; provides for criminal penalties for the unauthorized removal of or tampering with certain protective equipment; provides for notification requirements in the event of an accident in or about any mine and imposing a civil administrative penalty for the failure to comply with such notification requirements; provides rule-making authority; and clarifies the responsibilities of county answering points.

Suggested State Legislation: This legislation limits the opportunity to introduce counterfeit drugs into the U.S. market via the wholesale transfer process. The legislation accomplishes this by tightening the rules around the licensing of prescription drug wholesalers and establishes pedigree requirements to ensure the authenticity of prescription drugs within the distribution system. The legislation also establishes penalties for violators.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act establishes penalties for knowingly employing an illegal alien. It defines “knowingly” as having actual knowledge that a person is an illegal alien or having a duty imposed by law to determine the immigration status of an illegal alien and failing to perform such duty. Violators can have their business license suspended. The Act also permits local governments in the state to enter into a written agreement with the United States Department of Homeland Security to help enforce federal immigration laws concerning investigating, detaining, and removing illegal aliens.

CSG South

Education often is the primary concern for legislators in the United States. During the past 50 years, the responsibility of the states to provide a fulfilling education for every one of its children has increased dramatically. Within the Southern Legislative Conference, it is most often the state government that carries the heaviest financial burden for providing the proper foundation, environment, and standards for the future leaders of its territory and the greater nation.

This report focuses specifically on eight key statistics and issues of the 16 Southern states: Financial Overview, Expenditures, Division of Total Student Body, Special Groups, Sources of Local Revenue for Public School Systems, State Contribution toward K-12 Education, Historical Court Cases, and Recent Legislation.

CSG South

This presentation was given by Sujit M. CanagaRetna, Senior Fiscal Analyst of the Southern Legislative Conference before the 54th Annual Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development in Nashville, Tennessee on September 13, 2007.

CSG South

This presentation was given by Sujit CanagaRetna, Senior Fiscal Analyst at the SLC, at the 2007 Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors annual meeting, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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