CSG Committee on Suggested State Legislation

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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.

This Act specifies requirements for a health care sharing ministry and exempts a health care sharing ministry from requirements of state insurance law.

This Act establishes methods by which children under 16 years old are protected from testifying in open court, face to face with a defendant in a criminal case, or in front of all parties in a non-criminal case.

 

This Act defines and prohibits the use, purchase, installation, transfer, or sale of any automated sales suppression device or phantomware. It defines an automated sales suppression device as a software program that falsifies the electronic records of electronic cash registers or any other point-of-sale systems, including transaction data and transaction reports or a general reference to a device that allows for, creates, or supports an automated sales suppression system or any kind of phantomware.

 

This Act defines autonomous technology and autonomous vehicle and provides legislative intent regarding vehicles with autonomous technology. It authorizes the operation of autonomous vehicles and provides requirements for autonomous vehicles, including liability for autonomous vehicles. The legislation also requires the department of highway safety and motor vehicles to submit a report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives recommending additional legislative or regulatory action that may be required for the safe testing and operation of motor vehicles equipped with autonomous technology.

This Act authorizes marriage and civil union by proxy for people whose military service in a war or conflict prevents them from appearing in person to obtain the marriage or civil union license and participate in the ceremony.

This Act prohibits, to the extent allowed by federal law, requiring a private child-placing agency to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer, or participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement would violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies. This Act prohibits, to the extent allowed by federal law, requiring a private child-placing agency to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer, or participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement would violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies. 

This Act prohibits a private passenger motor vehicle from being classified for insurance purposes as a commercial, for-hire, or permissive use vehicle, or livery solely on the basis that it is being used for personal vehicle sharing if the annual revenue received by the vehicle’s owner that is generated by personal vehicle sharing does not exceed the annual expenses of owning and operating the vehicle. That includes, but is not limited to, depreciation, interest, lease payments, automobile loan payments, insurance, maintenance, parking, and fuel, and the fact that the personal vehicle sharing is conducted pursuant to a personal vehicle sharing program.

This Act defines personal vehicle sharing as the use of a private passenger motor vehicle by people other than the vehicle’s registered owner in connection with a personal vehicle sharing program. It defines a personal vehicle sharing program as a legal entity qualified to do business in the state that is engaged in the business of facilitating the sharing of private passenger motor vehicles for noncommercial use by people within the state.

This Act establishes a procedure to allow a creditor in a mortgage or an enforcement authority with jurisdiction in the location of the mortgaged property to petition the court having jurisdiction over an existing mortgage foreclosure action to find that the mortgaged property is abandoned. It establishes criteria that constitute prima facie evidence that a mortgage property is abandoned. 

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