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Who is Writing Our Laws? ALEC Exposed in Michigan

Who is Writing Our Laws? ALEC Exposed in Michigan

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A report on the activities and influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Michigan's state government.
A report on the activities and influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Michigan's state government.

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 A report on the Michigan activities of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
PROGRESS MICHIGAN
 JULY 19, 2012
ALEC EXPOSED IN MICHIGAN
Who’s writing Michigan’s laws?
115 W Allegan Lansing, MItelephone: 517.999.3646fax: 517.999.3652www.progressmichigan.org
 
..............................................................................................................................................................Report Overview 3.................................................................................................................................................................What is ALEC? 3............................................................................................................................................................ALEC in Michigan 3......................................................................................................................................................ALEC by the Numbers 6.........................................................................................................................Key Lawmakers Who Are ALEC Members 7Rep. Dave Agema (R-74); RNC National Committeeman 7Rep. Peter J. Lund (R-36) 13Rep. Mike Shirkey (R-65) 18Rep. Tom McMillin (R-45) 20Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-20) 23.......................................................................................................Lawmakers Used Taxpayer Funds to Pay ALEC Dues 27........................................................................................................................Legislation with ALEC DNA in Michigan 32.........................................................................................................HEALTH CARE COMPACT BILL (2011 & 2012) 32......................................................................................................HEALTH CARE COMPACT RESOLUTION (2012) 41...........................................................................................................................TRESPASSER LIABILITY ACT (2012) 42..........................................................................................................................ASBESTOS LIABILITY LIMITS (2011) 44...........................WITHDRAWING FROM THE MIDWESTERN GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION ACCORD (2011) 53.................................................................................PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP FOR VOTER REGISTRATION (2011) 55.......................................................................................LOCAL ENFORCEMENT OF IMMIGRATION LAWS (2011) 58................................................................................SEARCHABLE DATABASE OF BUDGET EXPENDITURES (2011) 60..........................................................................................................................REPEALING FEDERAL LAWS (2011) 62................................................................................................................................Legislation Similar to ALEC Models 64..............................................................................................DUES DEDUCTIONS FOR PUBLIC WORKERS (2012) 64.............................................................................................................BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT (2012) 64.......................................................................................................TIME LIMITS FOR WELFARE RECIPIENTS (2011) 65........................................................................................................................................................E-VERIFY (2011) 66.................................................................................................POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF LABOR UNIONS (2011) 66............................................................................................................AUTO INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS (2011) 67..................................................................................................................HEALTH INSURANCE MANDATE (2011) 68.......................................................................................................................................PREVAILING WAGE (2011) 68.....................................................................................................DUES DEDUCTION/WRITTEN CONSENT (2011) 69........................................................................................................................RIGHT TO WORK (FOR LESS) (2011) 69...................................................................................................NUCLEAR ENERGY & YUCCA MOUNTAIN (2011) 70.............................................................................................................BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT (2011) 70.......................................................................................................PRIVATIZING GOVERNMENT SERVICES (2011) 71...............................................................................OPPOSING ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY REGULATIONS (2011) 71.....................................................................................................................................................REINS ACT (2011) 72................................................................................................................PARENTAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (2011) 72
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Report Overview
“Myself, I always loved going to these meetings because I always foundnew ideas. Then I’d take them back to Wisconsin, disguise them a littlebit, and declare that ‘it’s mine.’” -Former Wisconsin Governor TommyThompson
[From a luncheon speech to ALEC, April 2002,Corporate-Sponsored Crime Laws, American RadioWorks, April 2002
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When politicians say their state is “open for business,” they usually just mean that it isbusiness-friendly. Unfortunately, many Lansing Republicans mean it literally. They aremembers of a secretive organization that links right-wing lawmakers and corporate powerbrokers called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
What is ALEC?
ALEC is a corporate bill mill that is exerting extraordinary and secretive influence in theMichigan legislature and in other states.
Through ALEC, corporations hand Michiganlawmakers wish lists in the form of “model bills” that often directly benefit their bottom lineat the expense of Michigan families. Numerous ALEC model bills are crafted behind closeddoors by corporations, for corporations. As noted by the Center for Media and Democracy’sALECexposed.org site, elected officials who are members of ALEC bring these model billsback to Michigan as their own ideas and public policy innovations, without disclosing thatcorporations crafted and voted on the bills at closed-door meetings with lawmakers who areALEC members.ALEC provides lawmakers with a means to appear highly active in the legislative process bysecretly outsourcing their role in drafting legislation to wealthy special interests.
ALEC in Michigan
26 current and former lawmakers in Michigan have ties to ALEC - but the number could bemuch higher.
Identifying Michigan lawmakers who are ALEC members is a difficult taskbecause ALEC operates largely in secret.Even though it claims to be a legislativemembership organization, there is no full list of members made public by the organization.Michigan lawmakers with ALEC ties include the following individuals (along with theposition of leadership they hold in the state legislature):
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Well, I guess we know who's sucking who here. This whole ALEC and Citizens United will be the final undoing of this once great country. I told an obnoxious tea-bagger that I was an eigth generation Son of the American Revolution; my ancester was a Brigadier General and took tea with Washington at Valley Forge. He invited me to come to some sort of reinactment party. He missed my point!
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