CSG Committee on Suggested State Legislation

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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 defines a “Retained Asset Account” as “any mechanism whereby the settlement of proceeds payable under a life insurance policy, including but not limited to the payment of cash surrender value, is accomplished by the insurer or an entity acting on behalf of the insurer depositing the proceeds into an account where those proceeds are retained by the insurer, pursuant to a supplementary contract not involving annuity benefits.” The legislation precludes insurers from using a retained asset account as the mode of settlement of payment to a life insurance beneficiary unless the insurer discloses the use of a retained asset account to the beneficiary or the beneficiary's legal representative prior to the transfer of life insurance proceeds to a retained asset account.The Act requires insurers to inform a beneficiary about the right to receive a lump-sum payment of life insurance proceeds in the form of a bank check or similar other immediate full payment of benefits. It requires insurers to disclose all payment options available to beneficiaries, in written or electronic format, upon the distribution of anything other than a lump-sum payment of life insurance proceeds. The bill sets forth specific disclosure requirements upon the use of a retained asset account rather than a lump-sum payment. It establishes annual insurer reporting requirements to the department of insurance about retained asset accounts. The legislation requires all marketing materials, disclosure statements, and supplemental contract forms used in connection with retained asset accounts to be filed with the department of insurance prior to their use. The Act authorizes the commissioner to disapprove any materials, statements, or forms that are inconsistent with the provisions of the section or are otherwise untrue, unfair, deceptive, false, or misleading. The legislation requires insurers to return any balance held in a retained asset account to the beneficiary if no funds are withdrawn from the account, or if no affirmative directive has been  provided to the insurer by the beneficiary, during any continuous three-year period.

Hawaii Act 48 of 2011 (SB651, SD2 HD2, CD1) amended the foreclosure processes under state law to provide greater protection for homeowners. The Act requires certain large mortgage servicers to maintain an office in the state that is staffed by at least one agent to address consumer inquiries or complaints and to accept service of process. The Act voids future foreclosure actions taken by unlicensed, nonexempt mortgage servicers.

This Act defines “veterans benefits appeal services” as services which a veteran might reasonably require in order to appeal a denial of federal or state veterans benefits, including but not limited to denials of disability, limited-income, home loan, insurance, education and training, burial and memorial, and dependent and survivor benefits. It directs that such services put in their advertising a notice that similar appeals services are offered at no cost by counties or veterans affairs offices operated by the state. 

This Act is designed to enable small companies that manufacture beer to access the marketplace and develop a customer base without impairing the integrity of a state’s system to regulate selling and distributing beer. It does this by creating a legal pathway for small brewers to self-distribute some of their beer in a state with a tightly-controlled beer distribution system such as Illinois’.The bill defines “brew pub” and “craft brewer” and sets criteria to enable brew pubs to sell beer manufactured by craft brewers. It also enables a brew pub licensee to simultaneously hold a craft brewer license. This draft is excerpted from a 2011 Illinois law.

This Act implements new regulatory, public information, and financial requirements for cities and joint agencies which provide communication services to the public for a fee. 

This Act directs the chief administrator of the state motor vehicle commission to develop an Internet Emergency Contact Information Registry Program. Under the program, the chief administrator shall establish and maintain an automated statewide Internet registry to be known as the “Next-of-Kin Registry,” to store emergency contact information that can be accessed by law enforcement officials to notify the next-of-kin when a motor vehicle accident results in serious bodily injury, death, or incapacitation of a driver or passenger. 



This Act requires the state workforce commission to establish a program to develop and support ways by which institutions of higher education can award academic or workforce education credit to members of the military and veterans for education and training they receive in the military. 


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