Saturday, December 17, 2011

Rep. Amy Edmonds wants bill that divulges outside origins of shady legislation -- does that include ALEC?

Rep. Amy Edmonds
I was pleased to see that reliably conservative Wyoming State Rep. Amy Edmonds (R-Cheyenne) will introduce a bill this session that will make it easier to identify a bill's true authors. From today's Wyoming Tribune-Eagle:
"In my opinion, there are a lot of outside sources that go into the writing of a bill," she said. "I don't think a lot of people are aware of who is writing all the bills, so this would keep track of that." 
Edmonds said that many bills are crafted from model legislation or with input from organizations, special interest groups or other states.
We could start with tracking the legislation that is crafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing organization funded by the Koch Brothers. Every summer ALEC flies a group of our state legislators to its national gathering, wines and dines them, hands them a batch of model legislation and wishes them godspeed. Those bills tend to be anti-worker, anti-public education, anti-LGBT, anti-voter, anti-immigrant, and anti-women. They tend to support unbridled energy development over sound environmental protections. They tend to favor the 1% over the 99%. 

I'd love to see ALEC's name writ large on every piece of disgusting right-wing legislation that finds its way to the Wyoming State Legislature. Wouldn't you?

Strangely enough, Rep. Edmonds name is on the list of ALEC-affiliated members of the Wyoming House and Senate, as provided by ALEC Exposed. I published that list last August. Read it here

Contact Rep. Edmonds and give her a big thumbs-up on her efforts to shine some light on some of the shadier pieces of legislation that find their way to Wyoming. While you're at it, tell her to distance herself from ALEC. The Wyoming Legisweb site lists this contact info for Rep. Edmonds: 307-214-8126 (cell) or

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