Free Market Constitutional Amendment Exposed

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The Free Market Constitutional Amendment is listed under ALEC's Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force. According to, it was approved by ALEC Board of Directors on August 27, 2009. (Accessed on 3/9/2016).

CMD's Bill Summary

This Amendment to a state constitution is likely intended to provide a basis for overturning state policies that conflict with right-wing ideology. For example, minimum wage laws, zoning and land use laws, race or gender-conscious policies, housing subsidies, or rent controls, and perhaps even environmental standards may all arguably interfere with the "free market" and be found unconstitutional if this proposed Amendment were adopted.

ALEC Amendment Text

"It is the policy of the state of ___________ that a free enterprise system shall govern trade and commerce in this state to promote the dispersion of economic and political power and the general welfare of all the people."