Because of the secretive nature of the organization, it is difficult to know which legislators are members of ALEC.Keystone Progress has researched PA Department of State campaign finance filings, legislators’ websites and mediareports to compile a list of 23 current Pennsylvania legislators who are members of ALEC, including much of theRepublican leadership in both chambers.
GOP House Majority Leader
(whose participation in ALEC is paid by state taxpayers)
GOP House Majority Caucus Chair
GOP House Caucus Administrator
GOP House Judiciary Chair
GOP House State Government Chair
GOP Senate Majority Caucus Secretary
GOP Senate Judiciary Chair
And GOP Chairs of numerous committees, including Representatives
(Game & Fisheries),
(Labor & Industry) and Senators
(Law & Justice)
The only identified Democratic PA member of ALEC is Rep.
, Minority Chair of ProfessionalLicensure.
(R- Crawford, Erie) currently serves as ALEC’s PA chair.
See complete list of PA ALEC members we’ve identified below. There are likely many more PA ALEC legislatorsthan we’ve uncovered.
ALEC’s Legislation in Pennsylvania
Until now it has been difficult to show the connection between ALEC and corporate takeover of democracy. Lastweek The Center for Media and Democracy uncovered 800 bills and resolutions that were voted on by ALEC members,
showing how its unelected corporate members are given a direct voice on the creation of bills that affect the lives ofAmerican citizens every day. The agenda embedded in these bills is about tilting the system into favoring those withmoney and power. Through de-regulation of industry, voter suppression and setting up barriers to direct democracy ALEClegislation has greatly influenced the political landscape in many states, including Pennsylvania.These bills align closely with the agenda of the Republican leadership in both chambers. With over 800 bills, it isimpossible to compare each to the bills introduced in the PA House and Senate this year without reviewing each ALEC billand comparing it to similar legislation in PA. However, Keystone Progress was able to identify a few bills that were writtenby ALEC and introduced in PA.Republican
Rep. Matthew Baker
used an ALEC Model Bill to challenge federal health care reform. [HB 42] An articlepublished in the Pennsylvania Independent confirms this link: “Pennsylvania on Monday became the latest state toconsider a bill to shield itself from a key portion of the new federal health care law that will require most Americans to buyhealth insurance or face potential fines starting in 2014…The one advanced by Baker is based on a model version writtenby the American Legislative Exchange Council, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group that promotes limitedgovernment”.
Baker, strategically positioned as chair of the House Health Committee, joined with
Rep. Curt Schroeder
to introduce2053 and 2179. According to ALEC’s press release on HB 2053 and 2179:
“The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) -- the nation's largest nonpartisan individual membership association of
state legislators -- congratulates Pennsylvania State Representatives Matthew Baker and Curt Schroder for filing House Bills
2053 and 2179, which protect the right of individuals to make their own health care choices...Pennsylvania joins 31 other states where legislators have introduced, or will introduce, legislation modeled after ALEC's Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act .Under the legislation, any state attempt to require an individual to purchase health insurance -- or forbid an individual from purchasing services outside of the required health care system -- would be rendered unconstitutional.”
Selling private services to corporations is a major emphasis of ALEC’s work. One of their Model Bills, the Council onEfficient Government Act, proposes a council to review ways to transfer government services to the private sector.
used ALEC’s Model Bill for his identically-named Council on Efficient Government Act. Grove apparentlyliked ALEC’s bill so much he didn’t bother to change it at all. The bill is a verbatim copy of ALEC’s legislation, right downto the makeup of the panel, terms of office and allowable reimbursement.
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