CSG Committee on Suggested State Legislation

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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. 

 

This Act enables builders to reduce property taxes for a limited time on a limited number of new single family residences, townhouses, or condominiums they build but haven’t sold or rented.

Telecommunications products and services are changing rapidly at the beginning of the 21st Century and states are adapting their regulatory structure to accommodate these changes. Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin are six recent examples. 

This Act generally makes it unlawful for employers to refuse to hire or fire people, or otherwise discriminate against employees, because of race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, color, ancestry, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, or domestic or sexual violence victim status. It requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees who are victims of domestic or sexual violence if those do not cause undue hardship to the operations of the employer. It allows employers to request verification of employees’ continued status within specified time frames. The Act creates a civil remedy for employee-victims denied reasonable accommodations.

This Act requires the state department for Medicaid services, the state department for public health, the state office of health policy, and the personnel cabinet to collaborate to biennially develop plans to reduce the incidence of diabetes in the state and to improve diabetes care. It requires these agencies to develop benchmarks, blueprints, and budgets to implement the plans. It directs the agencies to offer a range of action items within the plans to combat diabetes and to submit the plans to the legislature. This Act requires these agencies to report biennially to the legislature about the impact of diabetes on people and public programs in the state. This includes the number of people who have the disease, the financial impact of the disease on them and their families, the financial impact on state and local agencies serving such people, and the financial impact of diabetes compared with other chronic diseases and conditions. The Act also requires these agencies to assess, document, and report to the legislature about the funding and benefits of existing programs aimed at preventing and controlling diabetes, and the level of cooperation between such programs.

This SSL draft is based on Texas law. According to a Texas legislative bill analysis, hydraulic fracturing, commonly called “fracking,” is a natural gas drilling method in which a well is drilled vertically more than a mile deep and then extended horizontally into a targeted rock formation Fracturing fluids, consisting of water, sand, and chemical additives, are pumped at extremely high pressure down the wellbore. The fracturing fluids flow through perforated sections of the wellbore and into the surrounding formation, fracturing the rock and injecting sand into the cracks to hold them open. This process is repeated multiple times to reach maximum areas of the wellbore. The water pressure then is reduced and fluids are returned up the wellbore for disposal or for treatment and reuse, leaving the sand in place to prop open the cracks and allow the gas to flow and be collected at the surface. 

This Act requires operators of wells undergoing hydraulic fracturing treatment to complete  and post a form on a Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Registry website of the Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission disclosing the total volume of water used in the hydraulic fracturing treatment and each chemical ingredient used in it. The Act addresses how some of that information can be protected from disclosure as trade secrets, and how people can challenge designating such information as trade secrets. 

Whether and how to collect taxes on items sold over the Internet remains controversial as states look for new revenue, small brick and mortar businesses battle to compete against e-sellers, and businesses of all sizes and types sell more on the Internet. Issues include determining who is responsible for collecting such a tax and the nexus of businesses that sell on the Internet.

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