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    Website Explains Judicial Selection

    by Maureen Wagner In recent years, the debate over the best method for choosing judges has captured an increasing amount of attention. In response to the growing interest in this…

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    Rothschild: “4 reasons that ‘Rich States, Poor States’ matters”

    By Dan Rothschild Dan Rothschild responded to yesterday’s release of ALEC’s ‘Rich States, Poor States’ report: “In a presidential election year, all eyes are focused on Washington and the…

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    Safer Communities at Less Cost Part I

    Criminal justice reform: Defining the problem Other than Medicaid, which area of state spending has grown the fastest over the past two decades? Transportation? Education? Legal Fees? None…

  • The Right Solutions to Prison Problems: How Texas’ good policy is spreading across the nation image

    The Right Solutions to Prison Problems: How Texas’ good policy is spreading across the nation

    By Representative Jerry Madden, TX For more than two decades, the motto shaping our criminal justice programs had been “tough on crime.” It is the mindset that led legislatures across…

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    Technology in the Classroom Paying Off

    Previously, people used to think of technology in the classroom as a nice benefit. Computers and technological resources could be useful for some special projects, but they could not help…

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    Welcome!

    Welcome to the AmericanLegislator, the American Legislative Exchange Council’s new blog! We are dedicating this online forum to the more than 2,000 state legislators who call ALEC home. These legislators are committed to the principles of free enterprise, limited government, federalism and individual liberty, and they work every day to promote these ideals in states across the nation. ALEC is excited to be launching this new effort. With posts from policy experts and members, we hope you’ll find this forum informative, enjoyable and resourceful on a daily basis. We will be discussing the most critical issues facing the states – from tax and budgets, to health care and education reform, and everything in between. As Thomas Jefferson said, "But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle." And, since ALEC's legislators come from different backgrounds with differing opinions, this blog will be a lively channel for debate and edifying discussion. Exciting things are happening around the country in 2012, and ALEC members are proud to be part of them. Join the conversation, and enjoy your time on AmericanLegislator.org. Sincerely, Representative Dave Frizzell, ALEC National Chairman

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    The Common Sense Scientific and Technical Evidence Act

    ALEC’s model Common Sense Scientific and Technical Evidence Act is designed to ensure that state courts follow the same guidelines in admitting expert opinions about scientific and technical matters…

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    Budget Gimmicks Used by States

    According to the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders, "denial" is "the refusal to acknowledge the existence or severity of unpleasant external relations." Many states are ignoring the requirement to have a balance budget and thereby denying the reality that deep and permanent reductions are needed in the size and scope of government.

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    Disposal and Taxation of Public Lands Act

    Disposal and Taxation of Public Lands Act WHEREAS, in 1780, the United States Congress resolved that “the unappropriated lands that may be ceded or…

  • Resolution in Support of Evidence-based Medical Treatment for Substance Use Disorders image

    Resolution in Support of Evidence-based Medical Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

    Model Resolution WHEREAS, state spending on corrections has grown faster than almost any other budget item for over the past 30 years, reaching nearly $71 billion dollars[iv]; and the number…

  • Hundreds of State Legislators will meet in Phoenix to discuss solutions for creating jobs, growing the economy and restoring fiscal order image

    Hundreds of State Legislators will meet in Phoenix to discuss solutions for creating jobs, growing the economy and restoring fiscal order

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kaitlyn Buss 202.742.8526 kbuss@alec.org  …

  • Rich States, Poor States, 4th Edition image

    Rich States, Poor States, 4th Edition

    What Others Are Saying… “Nothing better demonstrates the essence of why ALEC was founded than Mr. Laffer, Mr. Moore, and Mr. Williams’ Rich States, Poor States.  It shows policies that…

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    Taxpayers’ Savings Grants Act

    Taxpayers’ Savings Grants Act Summary The Taxpayers’ Savings Grants Act establishes a program by which willing residents can opt to receive less public funding for their child’s education,…

  • ALEC Responds to Deceptive Common Cause Report image

    ALEC Responds to Deceptive Common Cause Report

    By ALEC National Chairman Rep. Noble Ellington (LA) New Orleans, LA — In its latest effort to criticize elected leaders who attend forums convened by the nonpartisan, nonprofit American Legislative…

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

    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…

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    School Choice and State Constitutions

    Whenever school choice legislation is considered, the stakes are enormous. Children, parents, teachers and taxpayers all stand to benefit dramatically from well-designed programs. That’s why it is so…

  • ALEC State Legislators Warn Boehner That ObamaCare Will Cost States Big If Not Repealed image

    ALEC State Legislators Warn Boehner That ObamaCare Will Cost States Big If Not Repealed

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 7, 2011) – The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) National Chairman Noble Ellington (R-LA) and Health Care Task Force Chair Linda Upmeyer (R-IA) sent a letter on…

  • A Look into the 2011 Legislative Cycle: Policy Initiatives in the States image

    A Look into the 2011 Legislative Cycle: Policy Initiatives in the States

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American people spoke loudly through their votes on November 2 with unprecedented changes in federal and state legislatures.  With this change comes an incredible opportunity to look…

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    Share the Road Safety Act

    Share the Road Safety Act Section 1. {Title, enacting clause, etc}  This act shall be known as the “Share the Road Safety Act”. Section 2. {Legislative Declaration}…

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    The Student-Centered Funding Act

    Purpose In any given state, education funding accounts for roughly half of the general fund budget. A growing number of states are embarking upon school finance reform to improve their…