Policy Area

Suggested State Legislation: Connecticut Public Act 07-1 establishes a State Contracting Standards Board (SCSB) as an independent Executive Branch agency. The new board has various responsibilities associated with the state contracting processes, including reviewing, monitoring, and auditing state contracting agencies’ procurement processes.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act establishes a program to provide grants to farmers, loggers, and others who provide agricultural biomass to facilities in the state that generate electric energy and use the best available emissions control technology.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act establishes procedures for determining where jurisdiction lies in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings when the parties are not all in the same state.

Suggested State Legislation: Florida Chapter 143 of 2007 enhances penalties for existing crimes related to possession of child pornography when the offender possesses ten or more images and at least one image includes a child under the age of five; sadomasochistic abuse, sexual battery or sexual bestiality involving a child; or any video or live movie involving a child.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act requires bicycle and pedestrian ways be included when planning transportation facilities, particularly within one mile of an urban area. The Act requires the state department of transportation establish design and construction standards for bicycle and pedestrian ways.

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.

Suggested State Legislation: According to Florida legislative staff, the federal Victims of trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 enables immigrant victims of human trafficking to get certain federal benefits once their status in the U.S. is determined.

This Act requires bicycle and pedestrian ways be included when planning transportation facilities, particularly within one mile of an urban area. The Act requires the state department of transportation establish design and construction standards for bicycle and pedestrian ways.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act allows the state to participate in the National Mortgage Licensing System that the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators are implementing under a Uniform Mortgage Licensing Project.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act establishes general criteria to protect student journalists in public schools or public colleges from censure by school or college officials because of the content of school sponsored or school-affiliated media such as student newspapers, and regardless of whether such media is funded by the school or produced on school property.

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