ALEC Releases 29 New Model Policies from 49th Annual Meeting
New policies address issues such as parental choice in education, hospital price transparency, and the need to keep politics out of state pensions
Arlington, Va. (August 24, 2022)– Today the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) released 29 new Model Policies. These measures are publicly available to ALEC members and non-members alike as they consider solutions and best practices for their states.
This year’s model policies include:
Hospital Price Transparency Act
This measure would require healthcare facilities to disclose prices and services in a user-friendly way to give patients greater transparency into pricing. The goal is to encourage free market competition in the healthcare industry and give states a tool to enforce pricing transparency.
Like the recent education savings account legislation passed in Arizona and West Virginia, this measure would allow students and their families to use their tax dollars to pay for the education that best fits the needs of the student. It would free students from failing public schools and empower parents to make the best choices for their child.
State Government Employee Retirement Protection Act
This model strengthens fiduciary rules to protect pensioners from politically driven investment strategies. These strategies reduce investment returns over the long term, which leads to underfunding in state pension plans across the country, with taxpayers ultimately footing the bill for the shortfalls.
“With Washington doubling down on the failed inflationary policies that are crushing the American people, the country is increasingly looking to the states for leadership,” said ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson. “ALEC model policies are the free market, limited government solutions to help individuals, families, and job creators prosper.”
“State legislators from across the country are guided by the commonsense principles of free markets, limited government and federalism as they debate and approve ALEC model policies,” said Jonathan Williams, ALEC Executive Vice President of Policy and Chief Economist. “From the economy to education, these new policies will serve as critical resources for policymakers in their efforts to aid hardworking taxpayers across America.”
ALEC provides a forum for state legislators and private sector members to collaborate on draft model policy. ALEC currently maintains more than 900 model policies on a broad range of issues, available at ALEC.org.
The American Legislative Exchange Council is the largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators in the United States. For more information about the American Legislative Exchange Council, please visit: www.alec.org.