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ALEC in Nebraska

ALEC in Nebraska

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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a major player in Nebraska politics, influencing myriad issues. ALEC and its allies have successfully passed its corporate-sponsored legislation in Nebraska in the past, and continues to carry the water of corporate special interests in advocating radical change in our state. This report is an overview of ALEC's supporters and actions in the state of Nebraska.
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a major player in Nebraska politics, influencing myriad issues. ALEC and its allies have successfully passed its corporate-sponsored legislation in Nebraska in the past, and continues to carry the water of corporate special interests in advocating radical change in our state. This report is an overview of ALEC's supporters and actions in the state of Nebraska.

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ALEC In Nebraska
 Released December 3, 2013
 
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Table Of Contents
Key Findings _______________________________________________________________ 2 What Is ALEC? _____________________________________________________________ 3 ALEC Associates In Nebraska _________________________________________________ 5
The Money Trail: ‗Scholarship‘ Payments
 ________________________________________ 6 The Money Trail: Taxpayer Funded Junkets ______________________________________ 8 Bills and Issues _____________________________________________________________ 9 The Environment _________________________________________________________ 9
ALEC‘s Support of the Keystone XL Pipeline
 _________________________________ 9
ALEC‘s Fracking Secrecy Bill
 ____________________________________________ 14 Education ______________________________________________________________ 17
ALEC‘s Tax Credit Voucher Scheme
 _______________________________________ 17
ALEC‘s Charter Schools Act
 _____________________________________________ 20 Health Care _____________________________________________________________ 23
ALEC‘s Anti
-Healthcare Reform Bill ______________________________________ 23
ALEC‘s Bill To Lower Nebraska‘s Healthcare Standards
 _______________________ 24 Crony Capitalism ________________________________________________________ 26
ALEC‘s Tobacco Tax Cut
 _______________________________________________ 26
ALEC‘s Restaurant Liability Carve Out
 _____________________________________ 27 Voter ID, Immigration, and Guns ____________________________________________ 29
ALEC‘s Voter ID Bill
 ___________________________________________________ 29
ALEC‘s Extreme Anti
-Immigrant Bill ______________________________________ 30
ALEC‘s
 Stand Your Ground Bill __________________________________________ 33
ALEC‘s Emergency Guns Bill
 ____________________________________________ 35 Appendix 1: ALEC Scholarship Account ________________________________________ 37
 
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Key Findings
ALEC is a major player in Nebraska politics, influencing myriad issues. ALEC and its allies have successfully passed its corporate-sponsored legislation in Nebraska in the past, and continues to carry the water of corporate special interests in advocating radical change in our state.
 
Only five of Nebraska‟s State Senators are associated with ALEC.
 Five of the 49 current Nebraska State Senators are known ALEC members. Last year that number was as high as 16 members, but several senators cancelled their memberships when citizens  brought to their attention what ALEC is really all about in addition to the longtime work Common Cause in our state does to expose ALEC's copy cat bills. Additionally, US Senator Fischer and Congressman Smith are ALEC alumni and Senator Johanns has  presented at their conference as a guest speaker.
 
ALEC and Nebraska Senators have continued to utilize a scholarship fund, using corporate donations
to fund Senators‟ travel to ALEC conventions.
 It is not clear how this conforms to NADC regulations on the operation of the fund. The usage of this fund is being challenged currently, and ALEC is changing the way the funds are managed.
 
ALEC helped Sens. Janssen and McCoy, now both candidates for Governor, with content for their failed bills
. We covered this two years ago with extensive blog post. 
 
We were able to help kill the ALEC bills.
 
ALEC has played an integral part in the advocacy of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska and nationwide.
 ALEC and TransCanada pushed their agenda thru "copy and paste" resolutions in support of the pipeline as well as funded at least one State Senator--Jim Smith, author of the pipeline routing bill being challenged in court-- to visit the tarsands region and meet with oil executives. We wrote an extensive blog post
 
on Sen. Smith's trip. TransCanada's executive Beth Jensen, who is also a founding
 
member of the "nonprofit" Nebraskans for Jobs, serves on an ALEC committee. ALEC has also advanced oil company interests in Nebraska through a fracking bill, which would further endanger our water supply.
 
ALEC members are very active in Nebraska
, advancing measures to:
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Privatize our schools through charter schools and tax credit school vouchers
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Advance gun laws including the infamous Florida Stand Your Ground Model
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 Needlessly complicate the voting process
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Rig the legal system to benefit ALEC‘s corporate sponsors
 
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Implement constitutionally suspect anti-immigrant measures

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