ALEC Alert! Alaska likely to see more legislation from Outside groupSubmitted by Allegory on Wed, 12/26/2012 - 12:45
Note: The outside group mentioned in the article is called the American Legislative Exchange Council, and is likely operating in your state as well. The article mentions this site to learn more about the secretive group: http://alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed
Achorage Daily News: Among the hundreds of bills that will be introduced into the 28th Legislature over the next two years, it's almost certain that some will be inspired or written by the American Legislative Exchange Council, the secretive legislation mill that combines conservative thought with corporate interests.
That's what happened in the previous Legislature, when ALEC-connected legislators sponsored or supported bills that would end collective bargaining rights for public employees, turn Alaska into a "right-to-work" state, require photo IDs for voters and remove any "duty to retreat" when using deadly force in a public place.
None of those passed and only one had hearings, but that was before Alaska Republicans achieved one-party rule in the Capitol in the November election.
For the new year, ALEC's chairman in Alaska, Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, sent letters to legislators after the election, urging them to join. Though a number of nonpartisan organizations offer policy analysis and model legislation, like the Council of State Governments or the National Conference of State Legislatures, none understands like ALEC the importance of legislatures "in ensuring that our respective states are thriving in the coming years," Keller wrote.
But though he was pushing for increased membership among the elected officials, in an interview, he declined to name current members, saying he didn't have the information at hand.
"I would say there's not over a half dozen members," he said.
Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2012/12/22/2732744/alaska-will-likely-see...