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  Liberal group identifies 30 ALEC ‘model bills’ in Missouri
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Last EditedCraverguy  Apr 16, 2012 09:54pm
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AuthorEric W. Dolan
News DateTuesday, April 17, 2012 03:05:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionMore than two dozen pieces of legislation introduced to the Missouri General Assembly over the past decade were based on “model” legislation drafted by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, according to a report by Progress Missouri.

“The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a corporate bill mill that is exerting extraordinary and secretive influence in the Missouri legislature and in other states,” the report stated. “Through ALEC, corporations hand Missouri legislators wish lists in the form of “model” legislation that often directly benefit their bottom line at the expense of Missouri families.”

In addition, Progress Missouri says that 40 lawmakers and politicians in the state have financial ties to ALEC, including Majority Leader Tim Jones, Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer and Lt. Governor Peter Kinder.

ALEC drafts model bills for legislators and has been a driving force behind voter ID laws, so-called “stand your ground” laws, business-friendly tort reforms, Arizona’s controversial immigration law, and efforts to privatize public education.

Legislation in Missouri based on ALEC’s drafts include so-called right to work laws, resolutions “reaffirming 10th amendment rights,” an Anti-Affordable Care Act ballot measure, a resolution opposing food and beverage taxes, an “asbestos fairness act,” a resolution supporting the electoral college, and a resolution encouraging Congress to privatize Social Security.
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