Press Release

Hundreds of State Legislators Gather to Discuss Policy Solutions Promoting Economic Growth and Limited Government

NEW ORLEANS, LA—(Aug. 3, 2011) State legislators from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Great Britain, and Poland are gathering in New Orleans, La., for the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) 38th Annual Meeting—Solutions for the States. This is the largest attendance in five years with nearly 2,000 guests in attendance.

“We are happy to welcome hundreds of state legislators and friends of ALEC to the great state of Louisiana,” said Louisiana State Rep. Noble Ellington, ALEC’s 2011 National Chairman. “ALEC’s policies promote economic growth and job creation through the principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty. The American people have said that they want real solutions that empower the states, reduce spending and allow our nation to prosper. ALEC is proud to offer several solutions at this year’s Annual Meeting.”

Joined by policy experts and industry leaders from around the country, ALEC’s Annual Meeting covers topics relating to health care, fiscal responsibility, education, environmental policy and public safety, among others. Featured speakers include Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, Dr. Art Laffer, Wall Street Journal contributor Steve Moore and Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute.

ALEC will also recognize several public leaders for their exemplary work and dedication to common-sense, limited government principles. Gov. Bobby Jindal received the Thomas Jefferson Freedom Award, ALEC’s highest honor. Other awards that will be recognized at the meeting are the William J. Raggio Excellence in Leadership and Outstanding Service Award, Legislators of the Year, Private Sector Members of the Year, State Chairs of the Year, and Volunteers of the Year.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has both Democrat and Republican members. While ALEC members gather around the principles of limited government, free market and federalism, it is the diversity of the members and their different perspectives that really further the discussions.

A full agenda with speaking times and locations is available at