CSG Committee on Suggested State Legislation

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This Act creates a petition process to allow expunction of nonviolent felonies or nonviolent misdemeanors, regardless of the offender's age at the time of conviction, if after 15 years the person has had no other convictions for felonies or misdemeanors, other than traffic violations. The 15-year period is calculated from the conviction date or the completion of any sentence, period of post-release supervision, or period of probation. Multiple convictions occurring in the same session of court, where none of the offenses are alleged to have occurred after service of process for another offense, may all be expunged.

This Act generally permits farmers and certain other customers who use solar electric generating equipment, farm waste electric generating equipment, or wind electric generating equipment, to designate all or a portion of the net metering credits generated by such equipment to meters at any property their own or lease within the service territory of the same electric corporation to which their net energy meters are interconnected.

This Act generally defines “net renewable generation capacity” in state law to mean the gross generation or storage capacity of the renewable energy resource. This ensures that renewable energy placed into storage via batteries, compressed air, flywheels, etc., is still considered renewable energy when it is actually used.

This Act directs the state department of education and the state association of school nurses to develop guidelines to train school nurses and other employees in the care needed for students with diabetes.

This Act establishes the governance, structure, and funding of the Health Benefit Exchange, a public corporation and independent unit of government created to (1) reduce the number of uninsured; (2) facilitate the purchase and sale of qualified health plans (QHPs) in the individual market; (3) assist qualified employers facilitating the enrollment of their employees in QHPs in the small group market and in accessing small business tax credits; (4) assist individuals in accessing public programs, premium tax credits, and cost-sharing reductions; and (5) supplement the individual and small group insurance markets outside of the exchange. The exchange will be governed by a Board of Trustees and funded through specified fees or assessments. The bill also establishes a Health Benefit Exchange Fund.

This Act defines a medical retainer practice and sets criteria for becoming a certified medical retainer practice.

The Act aims to set health care cost growth on a sustainable long-term path. It establishes a statewide health care cost growth goal for the health care industry pegged an amount no greater than the growth in the state’s overall economy

This Act allows non-profit organizations with fewer than 20 employees to enter into a contributory retirement plan. There is no state money used to fund the retirement plan, which will be overseen by the state treasurer. To establish the plan, the treasurer may create a trust to receive qualified contributions from non-profit employers and employees, and must establish a non-profit defined contribution committee that will include the treasurer and four other members.

This Act creates a property right in the development of wind energy. The Act provides that the property right is an interest in real property. It is attached to the surface estate and cannot be severed from the surface estate.

This Act declares that the state needs a multipronged approach to provide adequate health care to many citizens who lack adequate access to it. It states that direct patient-provider practices, in which patients enter into a direct relationship with medical practitioners and pay a fixed amount directly to the health care provider for primary care services, represent an innovative, affordable option which could improve access to medical care, reduce the number of people who now lack such access, and cut down on emergency room use for primary care purposes, thereby freeing up emergency room facilities to treat true emergencies.

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