Feb 6, 2014
by Bob Sloan
ALEC released their 2013 policy report following their Annual Meeting in DC last December: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/166626681/Policy-Report . Some interesting and enlightening reading in this report and we would suggest everyone take a few moments to see what ALEC’s task forces have been up to…the model bills they’ve been introducing and success of passage of those bills state by state. Reading will allow you to understand the legislation you may be seeing in your state in 2014. Kudos to Daily Kos blogger MNDem999 for catching and forwarding this important document to us!
Below is an excerpt from ALEC’s Health and Human Resources TF report:
Two key issues on the minds of the U.S. citizens today are the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP). ALEC has their fingers in both of these critical and controversial “pies” weighing in (as expected) on the side of business and corporate interests. Below are excerpts from their chest thumping on both of these measures:
The Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force announced successful implementation of key ALEC model bills, such as “Right To Work” (for less) and related anti-labor legislation:
Few are aware that in areas where virtually no internet or broadband is available to citizens, cities and municipalities have worked to implement low cost networks to provide access to the internet. In these locales the internet companies won’t expand due to low numbers of households and thus low profits…yet in every case where local government steps up to give access to their citizens, the large media corporations have sued to prevent government from “competing” against private enterprise. These companies such as Verizon, AT&T, Brighthouse and Comcast are no surprisingly members of ALEC and helped write the legislation being introduced state by state to prevent such government owned broadband systems from competing with them – even in areas where they refuse to run cables or provide service due to the low population numbers.
Recently Kansas ALEC members introduced just such a bill to stop government from developing low cost broadband for rural areas. The bill was introduced by Senator Julia Lynn (R-Olathe) who just happens to be an attendee at ALEC’s meetings (if not a card carrying member). Public outrage over this legislation caused Lynn to quickly withdraw the bill. A rare case of ALEC’s model legislation failing due to an informed public protesting against such a bill.
Please take the time to read the full 8 page ALEC report and become informed on what will be coming your way in 2014…