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  • California Voters to Determine Ultimate Fate of Bag Ban and Tax image

    California Voters to Determine Ultimate Fate of Bag Ban and Tax

    A misguided, anti-consumer measure adopted in California a little over a year ago is now coming under further scrutiny. In late 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the…

  • New EPA Regulation Could Put the Brakes on Amateur Racing image

    New EPA Regulation Could Put the Brakes on Amateur Racing

    Is nothing sacred anymore? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed a new rule under the Clean Air Act that could end up dealing a significant blow to…

  • The Navajo Nation and the Clean Power Plan image

    The Navajo Nation and the Clean Power Plan

    A lot has been written in this space about the potential downsides of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which is currently being litigated in the courts: rising electricity costs,…

  • Rationalize Maryland’s Regulatory Environment image

    Rationalize Maryland’s Regulatory Environment

    For years, Maryland’s over-regulation has been hurting the state’s economy, stifling entrepreneurship and generally creating bureaucratic nightmares for…

  • 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.

  • As Clean Power Plan is Litigated, More States are “Putting their Pencils Down” image

    As Clean Power Plan is Litigated, More States are “Putting their Pencils Down”

    In early February, the U.S. Supreme Court elected to stay implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP). This recently finalized regulation – the centerpiece…

  • ALEC and ACCE Offer Lawmakers Resources to Prevent Future Flint Crises image

    ALEC and ACCE Offer Lawmakers Resources to Prevent Future Flint Crises

    As Flint officials handle the water crisis sickening town residents, state and local lawmakers should take a closer look at their own water supply and infrastructure viability. Thankfully, ALEC members have focused on this issue for years and can offer solutions that can be applied back home.

  • The Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act (UMITA): Shining a Light on the Hidden Costs of Unfunded Mandates image

    The Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act (UMITA): Shining a Light on the Hidden Costs of Unfunded Mandates

    ALEC hosted a congressional conference call with Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC) on Tuesday, February 23. The Congresswoman discussed her sponsorship of the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act (UMITA), and described UMITA…

  • Will Flint officials adopt a competitive bidding process to fix their pipes? image

    Will Flint officials adopt a competitive bidding process to fix their pipes?

    Federal disaster relief for Flint Michigan’s water contamination could exceed one billion tax dollars before all is said and done. As that money is being dispersed to solve Flint’s water contamination, what steps are being taken to ensure this money is being used wisely? How are the taxpayers going to be reassured that this money is not going into the pockets of pet projects and crony capitalists?

  • Governor Scott Walker Bars Agencies From Preparing for Clean Power Plan image

    Governor Scott Walker Bars Agencies From Preparing for Clean Power Plan

    Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court made major headlines when it elected to stay implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP). This recently…

  • Supreme Court Outlook: Energy and Environment image

    Supreme Court Outlook: Energy and Environment

    With the recent passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, the current 4-4 ideological split on the U.S. Supreme Court could ultimately help benefit President Obama’s energy and environmental policy agenda.  Any…

  • FDA Wants to Force You to Know How Many Calories You Eat image

    FDA Wants to Force You to Know How Many Calories You Eat

    Congress is considering legislation, the “Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act”, that would ease costly menu labeling requirements and give restaurants and other food retailers some much needed flexibility.

  • SCOTUS Orders Stay of the Clean Power Plan image

    SCOTUS Orders Stay of the Clean Power Plan

    In what is undoubtedly one of the most significant blows to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in recent history, the U.S. Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote ordered…

  • Sue and Settle Once Again Rears its Ugly Head image

    Sue and Settle Once Again Rears its Ugly Head

    One of the more sinister trends occurring in the environmental policy realm lately has been the rise of so-called “sue and settle” agreements. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and…

  • Do You Have a Permit to Shovel That Snow? image

    Do You Have a Permit to Shovel That Snow?

    As the Washington, D.C. region and much of the East Coast remain closed, and residents and city officials attempt to clear roads and sidewalks from one of the largest winter…

  • DC Circuit Court Upholds MATS Rule image

    DC Circuit Court Upholds MATS Rule

    Dedicated readers of the American Legislator may remember brief coverage of the Supreme Court ruling Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency from earlier this summer. In a 5-4 ruling…

  • Congressman Chris Cox Talks Policy at ALEC Tax Academy image

    Congressman Chris Cox Talks Policy at ALEC Tax Academy

    Former Congressman Chris Cox of California recently addressed attendees of the 2015 ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Academy. While participating in the Academy, the congressman sat down with ALEC leaders to discuss…

  • “Do Not Track” and Do Not Regulate image

    “Do Not Track” and Do Not Regulate

    If you enable “Do Not Track” functions on your web browser, does that mean websites will not use cookies or other analytic devices to gather data about you and your…

  • Paris Climate Change Talks: What Might an Agreement Look Like? image

    Paris Climate Change Talks: What Might an Agreement Look Like?

    The Paris climate convention expected to take place later this year represents the culmination of more than 20 years of work by thousands of international delegates. Since the adoption of…

  • Clean Power Plan Published in Federal Register image

    Clean Power Plan Published in Federal Register

    Almost three months after being finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the much anticipated Clean Power Plan has been published in the Federal Register.  Today’s publication means…