Who's writing your laws? | Arkansas Blog

Monday, March 21, 2011

Who's writing your laws?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 6:03 AM

AmericaBlog devotes broader attention to the source of cookie-cutter legislation being used in Wisconsin and elsewhere to destroy public employee unions.

Meet ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a national right-wing group that writes "model" legislation for its members. Who are its members? Republican state legislators and private organizations (think ExxonMobil).

Because ALEC is very secretive, only members get to know who its members are, what goes on at meetings, and what legislation is being authored and pushed. But sometimes the light shines through, and sometimes they own up.

Why should you care? Because ALEC is the bill writer/lobby for several Arkansas legislators. They've been on hand to testify for, among others, Sen. Missy Irvin's Neo-States Rights bill to kill health care reform, and Rep. Ed Garner's tax cut for the wealthy. I suspect that's only a fraction of the group's work here. Irvin, I believe I recall correctly, was huddling with ALEC before she took office.

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