ALEC's 33rd Annual Meeting
San Francisco, California
Online Registration Open Until June 30!
ALEC Adjourns 2006 Spring Task Force Summit
More than 400 ALEC members, including 245 state legislators, joined ALEC in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to attend the 2006 Spring Task Force Summit for two days of task force and subcommittee meetings to develop free market policies that will help reform critical issues facing the states. Plenary sessions featured Eugene Hickok, former Deputy Secretary of Education, and Mark Behrens, partner of Shook, Hardy & Bacon. Each of ALEC's 9 National Task Forces met Friday and Saturday to discuss issues ranging from natural resources, tax burdens, health care reform, homeland security, and much more. ALEC state legislators discussed their experiences from the current legislative sessions and shared ideas to help promote common sense, conservative policies in the states.
- For more information email ALEC
Maryland General Assembly Skirts Democratic Process and Attempts to Keep Baltimore Students in Failing Schools
ALEC calls for an open hearing process on legislation aimed at requiring legislative review for any state intervention that alters the management of a local school district. In an effort to prevent the Maryland school board from taking control of 11 chronically failing Baltimore public schools, the Maryland General Assembly waived legislative rules to rush this legislation through the process. Bills have been introduced in each legislative chamber and could pass the General Assembly within days.
ALEC Report Card on American Education
ALEC has released its newest edition of The Report Card on American Education: A State by State Analysis 1983-1984 to 2003-2004. The Report Card contains over 50 tables and figures that display in various ways more than 100 measures of educational resources and achievement. It strengthens the growing consensus that simply spending more taxpayer dollars on education is not enough to improve student achievement. In addition, the report includes analysis on numerous factors that affect the public education system, including demographics, school choice and charter school initiatives.
Fair Share Health Care Update:
RILA Files Legal Challenge
The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) today filed two lawsuits challenging laws in New York and Maryland that mandate private employers to provide a specific level of health coverage for employees. The suits allege that the state and local laws violate the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which preempts state regulation of employer benefit plans.
ALEC has spoken out against the Maryland legislation that requires employers with 10,000 or more employees to dedicate eight percent of their payroll to employee health insurance benefits because it is an unprecedented government intrusion into private contracts between employers and employees and will do nothing to reduce the number of uninsured or increase access to health insurance. Because the law increases the marginal cost of hiring and retaining employees, it will likely result in lost jobs and slower economic growth as companies look to other states to grow and expand. ALEC will continue to monitor future state efforts as the AFL-CIO and so called “health care advocates” are pursuing similar legislation in some 35 states.
For more information, please contact Michael Keegan, ALEC’s Commerce, Insurance & Economic Development Task Force Director or Christie Herrera, ALEC’s Health & Human Services Task Force Director.
Statement by ALEC Executive Director Lori Roman on ALEC Alumnus Elected House Majority Leader
ALEC Executive Director Hails Efforts of Congressman John Boehner
“On behalf of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its 2,400 state legislator members, I congratulate Congressman John Boehner on his election to the Majority Leader post in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a former state legislator member of ALEC, Majority Leader Boehner has a proven track record of advocating the principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty in Congress.
ALEC Unanimously Passes Resolution In Support of the Principles of No Child Left Behind
ALEC Applauds State and Federal Efforts to Close Achievement Gap
The National Board of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) approved a Resolution Supporting the Principles of No Child Left Behind, following a unanimous vote of its Education Task Force at the recent States and Nation Policy Summit.
- Click Here for full Release and to shedule interviews
ALEC Appoints New Executive Director
Lori Roman Takes Helm of State Legislator Group
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) announced the appointment of Lori Roman as the organization's new Executive Director. "All of us at ALEC are honored to have Ms. Roman join our team," said Kansas State Senator Susan Wagle, ALEC's 2006 National Chairman. "We look forward to utilizing Mrs. Roman's management skills and public policy experience to enhance ALEC's overall mission."
Florida’s Opportunity Scholarship Program Struck Down by State Supreme Court
Court Decision Condemns Sunshine State Students to Failing Schools
The 5-2 opinion cited the Florida Constitution's 'uniformity' clause, which guarantees all Florida students a 'uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools.' Under the Opportunity Scholarship Program, students were eligible for a scholarship to attend a private school if their public school had earned a failing grade from the state in two out of a four year time frame. “This decision is a huge setback for Florida’s educational system,” said ALEC’s Education Task Force Director Lori Drummer, “Some irony lies in the fact that the Court takes issue with the 'uniformity' clause, as the very essence of the opportunity scholarship program is to provide children the opportunity for a better, more solid and high quality education-attributes that were most notably missing in the failing schools they chose to leave.”
Kansas State Senator Susan Wagle Appointed ALEC’s 2006 National Chair
Kansas State Senator Susan Wagle from Wichita has been named the 2006 National Chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the nation’s largest nonpartisan individual membership association of state legislators. The American Legislative Exchange Council is dedicated to developing public policies based on the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty.
ALEC Adjourns 2005 States & Nation Policy Summit
300 state legislators joined ALEC in Washington, DC to attend the 2005 States & Nation Policy Summit for three days of intensive discussions on the critical issues facing the states and nation. Plenary sessions featured Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. ALEC's 9 National Task Forces met for a full working day on Saturday to discuss issues ranging from Tort Reform to Homeland Security to Education Reform. ALEC State Legislators shared their knowledge and experience with each other, as well as heard from national leaders, renowned policy experts and business executives who share their commitment to common sense, conservative policies.
- For More information email ALEC
President George W. Bush Addresses ALEC's 32nd Annual Meeting
President Bush called the Iraq war a "noble cause" while promoting an aggressive domestic agenda that includes changes to Social Security, immigration and the tax code. "I hope Congress gets a good rest because they got a lot of work to do when they get back," Mr. Bush told the members of the American Legislative Exchange Council convened for their 32nd Annual Meeting. More than 2,000 state legislators business leaders, and public policy experts are gathered in Grapevine, Texas to participate in an “exchange of ideas” about how to improve public policy and further our common goals of a limited government that promotes free markets and individual liberties.
CAFTA: Opening Markets while Preserving State and Local Sovereignty
In a recently released ALEC report, Daniel Griswold and Daniel Ikenson, director and policy analyst, respectively, for the Cato Institute's Center for Trade Policy Studies, review the pending Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Griswold and Ikenson contend that markets opened by CAFTA will mean more export opportunities and better paying jobs for all districts in all states, explaining in detail why the "gains will be widespread, among small, medium and large businesses alike, in cities and rural areas, and in states from coast to coast and north to south." This concise white paper details the benefits that will result from CAFTA for various sectors of the American economy, from farming and agriculture, to small businesses. In addition, the paper offers insightful responses to common arguments that are often lobbed at CAFTA and other free-trade agreements in general, including labor issues and sovereignty.
- Click Here to download PDF of an Issue Analysis, CAFTA Will Promote Economic Development While Protecting State and Local Sovereignty, by Daniel Griswold and Daniel Ikenson
ALEC Commends Utah’s Public Leaders for Enacting School Choice Legislation
ALEC Applauds the United States for Staying out of KyotoSchool Choice Legislation