Posted by: Donna
It’s hard to believe that a cabal made up of powerful business interests, where “legislative” is right in their title, would try to act like they don’t influence laws, but that’s what the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) does: Pretend they’re an innocent little educational organization, while pushing custom-written model legislation on Republican lawmakers, who lap it up like eager lapdogs.
Good morning Chairwoman Barto, Vice Chairman Court, and members of the Committee:
My name is Christie Herrera and I am the director of the Health and Human Services Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council, or “ALEC.” ALEC is the nation’s largest, nonpartisan membership association, with approximately 2,000 legislator members from all 50 states and 78 members of Congress. Right here in Arizona, we have 37 ALEC members in the House and Senate. Since 2005, 22 states have enacted model legislation drafted by ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force.
ALEC Commends HCR 2014
I submit this statement to commend House Concurrent Resolution 2014, which would protect the rights of Arizonans to make their own health care choices.
HCR 2014 is modeled after ALEC’s model legislation, the Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act. Five other states—Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming— have introduced legislation similar to HCR 2014.
Senator Barto was on ALEC’s Health Care Task Force Executive Committee at their recent 2011 conference in New Orleans. In 2009, she was recognized as a Model Legislator by ALEC for sponsoring the Healthcare Freedom Act (HCR 2014).
It’s all so innocent. Such a coinky-dink. I’m sure we’re blowing it out of proportion.
Lobbying in Arizona includes:
1. Attempting to influence the passage or defeat of any legislation
2. By directly communicating with any legislator, or in the case of bonding, lobbyists directly communicating with any school district employee or a school district governing board member, or
3. Attempting to influence any rule making proceeding by directly communicating with any state officer or
Do ya think we should maybe consider making ALEC register as lobbyists?
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