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BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that that the Council of State Governments encourages the state legislative mental health caucuses to work with public and private providers, non-profit groups such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Mental Health Association and other mental health patient advocacy groups, as well any other private or public entities with an interest in mental health issues in order to educate the legislature and the public on mental health needs and services in their states

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments supports the goals and ideals for the 2010 Census and will disseminate 2010 Census information to encourage participation.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments asks its affiliates and membership to partner together to achieve an accurate and complete count.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments encourages its members to participate in events and initiatives that will raise overall awareness of the 2010 Census and increase participation among all populations.
 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments establishes an Interstate Health Insurance Compact Working Group to explore the creation of an agreement that would permit states to join together and share common regulatory standards and consumer protections related to health insurance, including specific recommendations for inclusion in an interstate compact that may be considered by states. Such recommendations will be due to the CSG Health Policy Task Force within one year.

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, CSG expresses its support and commitment to promoting partnerships with state, federal, local and tribal governmental entities, as well as non-governmental organizations, academia and industry to promote and advance sustainability.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments applauds provisions included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that provide funding for states to support the adoption of health information technology; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments calls on the federal government to continue to lead the effort to implement a nationwide network of health information technology systems and devise standards that ensure private-sector and state-supported systems are interoperable; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments urges the federal government to encourage providers to adopt secure, effective health information technology systems.
 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages the federal government to allow flexibility in program requirements during response to a pandemic flu outbreak, to continue funding and technical support for state and local responses, and to provide effective communications to states on priority response actions. Additionally, federal agencies need to coordinate their efforts to facilitate regional sharing of services and support between states.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges states to implement, test and review pandemic preparedness plans for both the state and local jurisdictions to protect the health of citizens as well as the social and economic infrastructure, and to improve the ability to respond to any type of public health emergency. State legislators are encouraged to be leaders in this process, to become familiar with state and local preparedness plans, and to participate in testing of state and local plans including communications with emergency planners and constituents.
 

The Council of State Governments recommends that states work cooperatively where appropriate to enter into multistate agreements and interstate compacts to enhance the potential for federal high-speed rail funding.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments opposes any effort to remove or transfer oversight and regulation of the 529 college savings plans from the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board to any other federal entity, including any organization that might be established to provide oversight and regulation of consumer credit.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments acknowledges the recent dialogue rating agencies have conducted with state treasurers and other issuers in this regard and recommends that: (1) rating agencies should utilize a single rating scale for all debt instruments such that a rating applied to a municipal bond indicates the same credit risk as that same rating applied to corporate bonds, while also recognizing the need for relative ratings amongst municipal issuers; and (2) ratings should measure the ability of an issuer to meet its obligation to investors as promised in the bond documents, such obligation primarily being to pay debt service on time and in full.

BE IT NOW THEREFORE RESOLVED, that CSG urges the federal government to honor its obligations under the NWPA by continuing (pursuing) the development of a national repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, contingent on NRC licensing approval; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that CSG urges Congress to provide DOE and the NRC sufficient funding to carry out their obligations under the NWPA and to fully fund interactions between these agencies and the state governments affected by federal radioactive waste management and transportation activities, including full funding for the state regional transportation projects.

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