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State Legislation Resembling ALEC "Models," by State

(This page includes tips from reporters, citizens journalists, and others identifying bills (introduced or passed) that resemble ALEC model legislation. CMD encourages the use of this forum and encourages further detailed research to verify all claims.)

Alabama

  • HB 56 (2011) "Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act" (Sponsor: Rep. Micky Hammon)[1] is similar to ALEC's "No Sanctuary Cities for Illegal Immigrants Act"[2] as well as Arizona's SB 1070, but harsher[3]

Arizona

  • SB 1070 (2010-2011) "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act"[4] is similar to ALEC's "No Sanctuary Cities for Illegal Immigrants Act"[5][6]
  • SB 1466 (2009) "COUNCIL ON EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT" Introduced: 02/03/09 (Sponsors: Pamela Gorman, Jack Harper)[7]. Looks like ALEC's "COUNCIL ON EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT ACT"[8], however, predates date of Model Legislation's approval by several months, potentially what the model bill is based on.

Colorado

Georgia

  • SR 20 "Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011" (introduced 1/25/11, Senate passed 2/24/11)[9] is similar to ALEC's "Federal TABOR Resolution"[10]

Illinois

  • HB 4161 (2009-2010) "Creates the Council on Efficient Government Act." Introduced: 2/27/2009 (Sponsors: Rep. Michael G. Connelly), [11] Text pulled from ALEC's "Council on Efficient Government Act"[12]

Kansas

  • HR 6008 (adopted 3/28/11) Resolution "Opposing the Environmental Protection Agency's regulatory train wreck"[13] "almost word-for-word from" ALEC's "Resolution Opposing EPA’s Regulatory Train Wreck"[14][15]
  • HB 2182 (signed 5/25/11) act including "Health Care Freedom Act"[16] based on ALEC's "Freedom of Choice in Healthcare Act"[17][15]

Louisiana

  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal cites ALEC's Rich States, Poor States study (YouTube video uploaded by "AmericanLegislative" on August 17, 2009).[18]
  • ALEC press release dated June 21, 2010 touts that Louisiana's legislature enacted ALEC model bill "The Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act," aimed at undermining the Affordable Care Act. Also announces that "ALEC’s Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act has already been enacted in statute form by the Virginia, Idaho, Arizona, and Georgia legislatures," and "constitutional amendments or referenda will appear on the ballot in Oklahoma, Arizona, Florida, and Missouri."[19]

Maine

  • LD 1287 (failed in both bodies 5/16/11) "An Act To Create a Scholarship Granting Organization Tax Credit" (Sponsor: Sen. Roger Sherman),[20] similar to ALEC proposed "Great Schools Tax Credit Program Act"[21][22]
  • LD 1044/1092 (LD 1044 dead in committee 4/20/11, LD 1092 failed passage out of Senate 6/1/11) "An Act To Allow a Tax Credit for Tuition Paid to Private Schools" (Sponsors: Rep. Joyce Fitzpatrick and Sen. Sherman),[23][24] similar to ALEC proposed "Family Education Tax Credit Program Act"[25][22]
  • LD 1553 (passed 6/28/11) "An Act To Create a Public Charter School Program in Maine,"[26] similar to ALEC model "Charter Schools Act"[27] and "Next Generation Charter Schools Act"[28][22]
  • LD 1488 (passed 6/28/11) "An Act To Create Innovative Public School Zones and Innovative Public School Districts" (Sponsor: Sen. Langley),[29] similar to ALEC proposed "Innovation Schools and School Districts Act"[30][22]

Michigan

  • The Michigan Right to Farm Act (Act 93 of 1981) contains much of the same language, word for word in some cases, as in ALEC's Right to Farm Act. [31][32]
  • HB 4453 (introduced 3/16/11) "Michigan Government Competition Against Private Enterprise Act" (Sponsor: Tom McMillin),[33] similar to ALEC proposed "Competitive Contracting of Public Services Act"[34][35]

Minnesota

Mississippi

  • HB 1423 (introduced 1/17/05, Died in Education Committee) "Mississippi Education Reform Act of 2005" (Sponsor: Herb Frierson (R)). ALEC language occurs in Section 50,[36] similar to ALEC proposed "Virtual Public Schools Act".[37][38]


  • SB 2602 (introduced 1/13/06, Passed Senate 2/1/06) (Passed House 3/9/06) (Approved by Governor 3/28/06) "Mississippi Education Reform Act of 2006" (Sponsor: Mike Chaney (R)). ALEC language occurs in Section 10,[39] similar to ALEC proposed "Virtual Public Schools Act".[40] Votes (Senate Vote 30 Yeas, 19 Nays; Senate Concurrence Vote 29 Yeah, 14 Nays) (House Vote 116 Yeas, 4 Nays)[41]


  • HB 1 (introduced 1/6/09) (Passed House 2/9/09) (Died in S Education Comm 3/3/09) "Mississippi Education Reform Act of 2006; delete repealer on." (Sponsor: Joseph Warren (D)). Key ALEC language in Section 2. The original bill was set to expire in 2009, this bill would delete the expiration date and continue the Virtual Public School Program,[42] similar to ALEC proposed "Virtual Public Schools Act".[43] Votes (House 120 Yeas, 2 Nays)[44]


  • SB 2328 (Introduced 1/8/09) (Passed Senate 2/4) (Passed House 3/5) (Approved by Governor 3/16) "Statutes relating to public education; delete repealers." (Sponsor: Videt Carmichael (R)). Key ALEC language in Section 32. The original bill was set to expire in 2009, this bill would delete the expiration date and continue the Virtual Public School Program,[45] similar to ALEC proposed "Virtual Public Schools Act".[46] Votes (Senate Vote 52 Yeas, 0 Nays) (House 108 Yeas, 11 Nays)[47]

Montana

  • HB 603 "Public Charter Schools Act" (Sponsor: Rep. M. Blasdel)[48] is similar to ALEC's "Charter Schools Act"[49][50]
  • HB 591 (died in standing committee 4/28/11) "Special Needs Scholarship Act" (Sponsor: Rep. M. Blasdel),[51] similar (in some places word for word) to ALEC's "Special Needs Scholarship Program Act"[52][53]

Nebraska

  • LB 239 (introduced 1/11/11) to "Require presentation of government-issued photographic identification to vote in elections"[54] similar to ALEC proposed "Voter ID Act"[55][56]

New Hampshire

  • HB 474 (passed both bodies 2/15/11) "The Franklin A. Partin Jr. Right to Work Act"[57] similar to ALEC proposed "Right to Work Act"[58][59]
  • LSR 2012-H-2059-R (proposed for 2012) "relative to the withholding of wages from union dues" (Sponsor: Susan DeLemus)[60] similar to ALEC proposed "Public Employer Payroll Reduction Policy Act"[61][62]

Ohio

  • HB 286 (Introduced 6/26/2011) "Unauthorized aliens-employment of" (Sponsors: Courtney Combs, Danny Bubp)[63], large portions taken directly from ALEC's "Fair and Legal Employment Act."[64][65]
  • HB 159 (Passed 3/23/11) "Voter ID Act"[66] similar to ALEC's "Voter ID Act"[67][68]

Oregon

  • HB 3484 "Council on Efficient Government," Introduced: 2011 by Representatives Conger, Whisnant, Senator Telfer; Representatives Brewer, Esquivel, Gilliam, McLane, Thatcher, Thompson, Weidner, Wingard)[69]. Mirrors ALEC's "Council on Efficient Government Act."[70][71]

South Carolina

  • Bill 177 (Introduced January 1, 2011) "Council on Efficient Government Act" (Sponsor: Senator Rose)[72], Entire Bill text mirrors ALEC's act of the same name[73].

Tennessee

  • HB 1030/Public Chapter No. 492 (signed into law 6/16/11) "The Virtual Public Schools Act" (Sponsor: Rep. Harry Brooks)[74][75][76] similar to ALEC model "Virtual Public Schools Act"[77][78]

Wisconsin

  • AB 183 (introduced 6/16/11) relating to the prevailing wage,[79] similar to ALEC model "Prevailing Wage Repeal Act"[80][81]

State Legislation Resembling ALEC "Models," by Topic

Environment

The EPA's Regulatory Train Wreck is a campaign of the American Legislative Exchange Council aimed at rolling back and dismantling environmental regulation.[82] If the campaign is successful, it would benefit many of ALEC's corporate members.

Bills and Resolutions Proposed and Passed

A number of states have taken action in favor of ALEC's position on the environment and environmental regulation. ALEC's website lists the following bills and resolutions:[83]

  • Alabama House Joint Resolution 197 (adopted 4/14/11)
  • Alaska House Joint Resolution 22
  • Florida House Memorial 1375
  • Florida Senate Resolution 1260
  • Illinois House Resolution 265
  • Illinois Senate Resolution 171
  • Indiana House Resolution 13 (adopted 1/24/11)[84]
  • Indiana Senate Resolution 39 (adopted 4/5/11)
  • Iowa House Resolution 52 (adopted 5/6/11)
  • Iowa House Study Bill 61
  • Kansas House Resolution 6008 (adopted 3/28/11)
  • Kentucky Senate Resolution 116 (adopted 3/3/11)
  • Kentucky House Concurrent Resolution 126
  • Michigan House Resolution 19 (adopted 3/2/11)
  • Michigan Senate Resolution 10 (adopted 2/24/11)
  • Minnesota Senate File 322
  • Missouri House Concurrent Resolution 42 (adopted 5/11/11)
  • Missouri Senate Concurrent Resolution 13
  • Montana Senate Joint Resolution 10 (adopted 4/1/11)
  • North Dakota House Concurrent Resolution 3028 (adopted 3/28/11)
  • Ohio House Concurrent Resolution 15
  • Oklahoma Senate Concurrent Resolution 13
  • Pennsylvania House Resolution 87 (adopted 5/3/11)
  • Pennsylvania House Resolution 233
  • Texas House Concurrent Resolution 66
  • Texas Senate Concurrent Resolution 20
  • Utah House Joint Resolution 19 (adopted 3/2/11)
  • Virginia Senate Resolution 29
  • Virginia House Resolution 72 (adopted 2/23/11)
  • Wyoming Senate Joint Resolution 6 (adopted 2/18/11)

Federal-level legislation resembling ALEC bills

  • HR 2018, the "Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011" sponsored by John Mica (R-FL) and Nick Rahall (D-WV), bears a striking resemblance to several pieces of ALEC model legislation. HR 2018 would allow states to opt out of abiding by federal water quality standards if they disagree with them, and it would prevent the EPA from making changes to the Clean Water Act's water quality standards without first getting states' approval. The bill resembles several similar ALEC model bills, including the "State Sovereignty Through Local Coordination Act," The "State Implementation of the Clean Water Act Requirements," "State Sovereignty for Air Quality and Visibility Act," the "State Protection of Air Quality Related Values Act" and the "Resolution to Retain State Authority over Coal Ash as Non-Hazardous Waste." The fact that the bill was introduced at the federal level may indicate ALEC's influence has grown beyond state houses.[85]

ALEC efforts to influence Federal Legislation

* American Legislative Exchange Council Health and Human Services Task Force The State Legislators Guide to Repealing ObamaCare, Publication, 2011 - instruction manual to assist legislators in undermining the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act.

References

  1. Alabama State Legislature, HB 56, state legislation, passed June 2, 2011
  2. American Legislative Exchange Council, No Sanctuary Cities for Illegal Immigrants Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  3. Julia Preston, In Alabama, a Harsh Bill for Residents Here Illegally, New York Times, June 3, 2011
  4. Arizona State Legislature, SB 1070, state legislation, passed April 23, 2010
  5. American Legislative Exchange Council, No Sanctuary Cities for Illegal Immigrants Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  6. Lee Fang, Prison Industry Funnels Donations To State Lawmakers Introducing SB1070-Like Bills Around The Country, Think Progress blog, September 16, 2010
  7. http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=SB1466&Session_ID=87
  8. http://www.alecexposed.org/w/images/b/b4/8B4-COUNCIL_ON_EFFICIENT_GOVERNMENT_ACT_exposed.pdf
  9. Georgia General Assembly, SR 20, state legislation, accessed July 25, 2011
  10. American Legislative Exchange Council, Federal TABOR Resolution, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  11. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=09600HB4161lv&SessionID=3&GA=96&DocTypeID=HB&DocNum=4161&print=true
  12. http://www.alecexposed.org/w/images/b/b4/8B4-COUNCIL_ON_EFFICIENT_GOVERNMENT_ACT_exposed.pdf
  13. Kansas State Legislature, HR 6008, state resolution, adopted March 28, 2011
  14. American Legislative Exchange Council, Resolution Opposing EPA's Regulatory Train Wreck, model resolution, accessed July 25, 2011
  15. 15.0 15.1 Scott Rothschild, Corporate-funded ALEC has strong ties to Kansas Legislature, Lawrence Journal World, July 24, 2011
  16. Kansas State Legislature, HB 2182, state legislation, signed May 25, 2011
  17. American Legislative Exchange Council, Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  18. AmericanLegislative [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2j9axEXczQ Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal cites ALEC's Rich States, Poor States Study], viewed July 25, 2011
  19. American Legislative Exchange Council Public Affairs Department [http://www.alec.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Louisiana_Senate_Passes_Health_Care_Freedom_Act&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=14383 Louisiana Senate Passes Health Care Freedom Act; Becomes first state with a Democrat legislature to oppose individual mandate] Press release, June 21, 2010
  20. Maine State Legislature, Summary of LD 1287, failed state legislation, accessed July 19, 2011
  21. American Legislative Exchange Council, The Great Schools Tax Credit Program Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Brian Hubbell, ALEC model education legislation paired with bills in Maine's 125th Legislature, Dirigo Blue blog, July 18, 2011
  23. Maine State Legislature, Summary of LD 1044, failed state legislation, accessed July 19, 2011
  24. Maine State Legislature, Summary of LD 1092, failed state legislation, accessed July 19, 2011
  25. American Legislative Exchange Council, Family Education Tax Credit Program Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  26. Maine State Legislature, LD 1553 An Act To Create a Public Charter School Program in Maine, passed state legislation, accessed July 19, 2011
  27. American Legislative Exchange Council, Charter Schools Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  28. American Legislative Exchange Council, Next Generation Charter Schools Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  29. Maine State Legislature, LD 1488 An Act to Create Innovative Public School Zones and Innovative Public School Districts, passed state legislation, accessed July 19, 2011
  30. American Legislative Exchange Council, The Innovation Schools and School Districts Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  31. Michigan Legislature Act 93 of 1981- Michigan Right to Farm Act, state government website, accessed July 25, 2011
  32. ALECExposed.org Right to Farm Model Legislation, accessed July 25, 2011
  33. Michigan Legislature, HB 4453, introduced legislation, accessed July 19, 2011
  34. American Legislative Exchange Council, Competitive Contracting of Public Services Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  35. Bruce Fealk, Whistleblower Exposes ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) Model Legislation – Proves Beyond All Doubt Representative Tom McMillin On The Side Of Corporations, Not Constituents, The Rochester Citizen, July 14, 2011
  36. Mississippi State Legislature, HB1423, introduced legislation, accessed July 20, 2011
  37. American Legislative Exchange Council, Virtual Public Schools Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  38. Bill History, HB 1423 Bill History, accessed July 21, 2011
  39. Mississippi State Legislature, SB 2602, sent to Governor, accessed July 21, 2011
  40. American Legislative Exchange Council, Virtual Public Schools Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  41. Bill History SB 2602 Bill History, accessed July 21, 2011
  42. Mississippi State Legislature HB 1, as Passed the House, accessed July 21, 2011
  43. American Legislative Exchange Council, Virtual Public Schools Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  44. Bill History,HB 1 Bill History, accessed July 21, 2011
  45. Mississippi State Legislature SB 2328, as Approved by Governor, accessed July 21, 2011
  46. American Legislative Exchange Council, Virtual Public Schools, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  47. Bill History SB 2328 Bill History, accessed July 21, 2011
  48. Montana State Legislature, HB 603, state bill, effective July 1, 2011
  49. American Legislative Exchange Council, Charter Schools Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  50. Marco R. Ferro, Tweet, Twitter status, July 21, 2011
  51. Montana State Legislature, HB 591, state bill, died in standing committee April 28, 2011
  52. American Legislative Exchange Council, Special Needs Scholarship Program Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  53. Marco R. Ferro, Tweet, Twitter status, July 19, 2011
  54. Nebraska State Legislature, LB239 - Require presentation of government-issued photographic identification to vote in elections, introduced legislation, accessed July 19, 2011
  55. American Legislative Exchange Council, Voter ID Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  56. Jane Kleeb Copy Catters and Vote Deniers (updates), Bold Nebraska blog, March 10, 2011
  57. New Hampshire General Court, HB 474-FN – Version Adopted by Both Bodies, New Hampshire state legislation, February 15, 2011
  58. American Legislative Exchange Council, Right to Work Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  59. Matt Murray, Union Wage Deductions laws proposed from ALEC???, New Hampshire Labor News blog, July 14, 2011
  60. New Hampshire General Court, NH Legislative LSR Listing, proposed legislative listing, June 22, 2011
  61. American Legislative Exchange Council, Public Employer Payroll Reduction Policy Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  62. Matt Murray, Union Wage Deductions laws proposed from ALEC???, New Hampshire Labor News blog, July 14, 2011
  63. http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_286
  64. http://alecexposed.org/w/images/d/da/7K2-Fair_and_Legal_Employment_Act_Exposed.pdf
  65. Dessemundo, ALEC Model Legislation and Ohio, Dessemundo blog, July 19, 2011
  66. Ohio Legislative Service Commission, HB 159, state legislation, passed March 23, 2011
  67. American Legislative Exchange Council, Voter ID Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  68. Allison Kilkenny, Koch Brothers' ALEC Tentacles Creep Into Your State, Truth-Out.org, July 18, 2011
  69. http://www.leg.state.or.us/11reg/measpdf/hb3400.dir/hb3484.intro.pdf
  70. http://www.alecexposed.org/w/images/b/b4/8B4-COUNCIL_ON_EFFICIENT_GOVERNMENT_ACT_exposed.pdf
  71. Jenka Soderburg, Oregon legislation drafted by ALEC corporate lobbyists, KBOO Community Radio (Portland, OR), July 22, 2011
  72. http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess119_2011-2012/bills/177.htm
  73. http://www.alecexposed.org/w/images/b/b4/8B4-COUNCIL_ON_EFFICIENT_GOVERNMENT_ACT_exposed.pdf
  74. Tennessee House of Representatives, House Bill 1030, state bill, 2011, accessed July 17, 2011
  75. State of Tennessee, Public Chapter No. 492, state act, effective July 1, 2011
  76. Tennessee General Assembly, Bill Information for HB 1030, state bill status, accessed July 17, 2011
  77. American Legislative Exchange Council, Virtual Public Schools Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  78. Tom Humphrey, Lawmaker used lobbyist template: Bill clearing way for online school based on model, Knoxville News Sentinel, July 16, 2011
  79. Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, AB 183 Prevailing Wage, introduced state legislation, June 16, 2011, accessed July 19, 2011
  80. American Legislative Exchange Council, Prevailing Wage Repeal Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  81. New ALEC Bill in committee means drastic Prevailing Wage law changes, Badger Democracy blog, July 18, 2011
  82. American Legislative Exchange Council, EPA's Regulatory Trainwreck, organizational website, Accessed July 17, 2011.
  83. American Legislative Exchange Council, Legislation to Consider, organizational website, Accessed July 17, 2011.
  84. Indiana State Legislature, House Resolution 13, 2011, accessed July 19, 2011
  85. Zoe Schlanger Water-Regulation-As-Federalism Bill Passes House, Looks A Lot Like ALEC, TPMMuckraker, July 21, 2011

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