When the Trayvon Martin shooting made headlines this year, it brought public attention to a little-known group called the American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC. The conservative group created model legislation that promoted the “stand your ground” law, or Castle Doctrine, invoked by police who didn’t arrest Martin’s killer. ALEC also supported voter ID laws, which some say are an effort to block elderly and minority voters from participating in upcoming elections.
Ideas from ALEC’s model bills have also made their way into Wyoming statehouse, notably in a constitutional amendment on healthcare that will be up for vote this November.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Read this comprehensive Wyofile article by Greg Nickerson about the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Nickerson provides examples of ALEC model legislation that has made its way to the Wyoming Statehouse. He also provides an updated list of ALEC members. Hummingbirdminds has published several lists of ALEC members over the years but the Wyofile aricle has the latest ones. Go read it and weep. To whet your appetite and outrage, here are the first two paragraphs: