Author Archives: alec_editor

Author Archives: alec_editor

  • Article V: A Handbook for State Lawmakers image

    Article V: A Handbook for State Lawmakers

    First published in 2011, the Handbook is an invaluable guide for state lawmakers who recognize that the states have the power and the duty to rein in a federal government…

  • Video: Lisa B. Nelson Addresses Ladies America Conference image

    Video: Lisa B. Nelson Addresses Ladies America Conference

    On June 4, ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson spoke at the Ladies America “Women Leading the Future” conference in Washington, D.C. Lisa’s speech highlighted the importance and impact of women…

  • Coalition Letter to Support the Competitive Enterprise Institute image

    Coalition Letter to Support the Competitive Enterprise Institute

    June 1, 2016 Kent Lassman President Competitive Enterprise Institute 1899 L Street, NW 12th Floor Washington, D.C. 20036 Dear Kent, On behalf of the undersigned…

  • Iowa Passes Series of Criminal Justice Reforms image

    Iowa Passes Series of Criminal Justice Reforms

    Iowa recently became another state to tackle criminal justice reform.  Governor Terry Branstad on May 12, 2016 signed into law a criminal justice reform package that provides more leniency…

  • High Court Sides with State on Preemption image

    High Court Sides with State on Preemption

    Further underscoring the fact that local governments are political subdivisions whose powers derive from the state, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that local governments cannot ban fracking of any type. The court found that while both cities Ft. Collins and Longmont are Home Rule cities, Home Rule does not give them the right to act as independent agents of the state law.

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    State Budgets

    Smart budgeting is vital to a state’s financial health. The ALEC State Budget Reform Toolkit offers more than 20 policy ideas for addressing today’s shortfalls in a forthright manner,…

  • Rich States, Poor States, 9th Edition image

    Rich States, Poor States, 9th Edition

    The 9th Edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index reveals a pro-growth trend across the nation for 2016. Rich States, Poor States examines the latest movements…

  • An Open Letter to American Water Works Association image

    An Open Letter to American Water Works Association

    Responsible elected officials, financial professionals and utility engineers must support and promote open competition and the need for alternative products and materials in bidding processes for underground infrastructure. Moreover, this is a fundamental right and responsibility of all municipal governments.

  • Oklahoma State Representative Lisa Billy, Chair of the ALEC Task Force on Criminal Justice Reform, Delivers Weekly Republican Address image

    Oklahoma State Representative Lisa Billy, Chair of the ALEC Task Force on Criminal Justice Reform, Delivers Weekly Republican Address

    On Saturday, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan hosted Oklahoma state Representative Lisa Johnson Billy, the Floor Leader of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, to deliver the weekly Republican address from Congress. In addition to…

  • Sunshine Needed to Oust Phantom Lawsuit Damages image

    Sunshine Needed to Oust Phantom Lawsuit Damages

    Lawsuit awards are often arrived at with misleading evidence. A little sunshine can help the jury award fair recovery free of phantom damages. Following a doctor’s visit, most people receive…

  • Jonathan Williams Interviews with Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association image

    Jonathan Williams Interviews with Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association

    Jonathan Williams, vice president of the ALEC Center for State Fiscal Reform, had the opportunity to join Carl Marrara of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association on PMA Perspectives to discuss state economic…

  • Keeping State Governments Open and Accountable to Taxpayers image

    Keeping State Governments Open and Accountable to Taxpayers

    “We might hope to see the finances of the Union as clear and intelligible as a merchant’s books, so that every member of Congress and every man of any mind…

  • Transparency Critical to Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform image

    Transparency Critical to Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

    Civil asset forfeiture abuses in various states throughout the country are well-documented. There are several instances where individuals have seen their property seized by the state or federal government, despite…

  • Sunshine Week: Disclosure of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Composition Act image

    Sunshine Week: Disclosure of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Composition Act

    During the first part of the 21st century, some of the greatest examples of American ingenuity and achievement took place in and around the oil and gas patches across the…

  • A National Race to Government Transparency image

    A National Race to Government Transparency

    As Treasurer of Ohio, I believe taxpayers have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent. So in December 2014, I launched OhioCheckbook.com which for the first time in Ohio history puts every single state expenditure online.

  • Sunshine Week Spotlight: Public Employee Bargaining Transparency Act image

    Sunshine Week Spotlight: Public Employee Bargaining Transparency Act

    Government transparency is absolutely critical for government accountability. The government that works best is the government that is accountable to the people. But, there can only be accountability when the…

  • ALEC Principles Shine Light on Government Failures image

    ALEC Principles Shine Light on Government Failures

    Sunshine Week, running from March 13 to 19, aims to promote transparency in government, which is a fundamental component of the ALEC principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. The private sector can offer superior alternatives to failing public schools, overly complex healthcare services and expensive infrastructure projects. When government services are transferred to the free market, private companies deliver high-quality public services at far less cost to the taxpayer.

  • Senator Michael Hough Awarded at CPAC image

    Senator Michael Hough Awarded at CPAC

    On March 5 at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Maryland Senator Michael Hough, former ALEC State Chair for Maryland and current ALEC member, was honored with the American…

  • KY Judge Rules Against 10th Amendment and Local Right Work image

    KY Judge Rules Against 10th Amendment and Local Right Work

    If local governments have been granted the power to pass local right-to-work by their respective states, the federal government has no say how those powers are delegated.

  • House Judiciary Committee Moves on Email Privacy Act image

    House Judiciary Committee Moves on Email Privacy Act

    In a press release earlier today, the House Judiciary Chairman announced the Committee would move forward with the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699). The Email Privacy Act would amend…