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Monday, September 30, 2013

American Legislative Exchange Council on losing end of Texas battle on open records

Posted By on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Something of a pleasant surprise:

The Republican attorney general of Texas has rejected an effort by the American Legislative Exchange Council to declare itself exempt from open records law. This means that the public can see communications between the corporate-funded lobby, which churns out cookie-cutter legislation for state assemblies, and legislators.

Here's the rundown.

The precedent, if ALEC doesn't succeed in defeating it in court, has implications everywhere ALEC works, including Arkansas. There's an additional burden on sunshine in Arkansas, however, because of an FOI exemption granted legislative working papers.


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