ALEC Digital Exchange 01-09-2014

ALEC’s weekly email update for the week of 01-09-2014.

Federalism in Focus for 2014

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the People.” 
Bill of Rights, Amendment X     

A new publication, Restoring the Balance of Power, contains 13 proposals for state legislators to return sovereignty to the states. Click here to download Restoring the Balance of Power.


With federal government overreach at an all-time high, now is the time for state lawmakers to take back control of issues that should be dealt with at the state and local level. 


The latest edition of Inside ALEC explores various elements of federal overreach into matters best left to the states.

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EPA Overregulation: Conference Call – January 16 

The Task Force on Energy, Environment and Agriculture has worked extensively on EPA regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Clean Air Act. 


Next week, the Honorable Jon Bruning, Attorney General of Nebraska, will join ALL interested ALEC members for a conference call to offer policymakers ideas and legal expertise to address EPA regulations.


Next week’s EPA conference call: 

Thursday, January 16

12:30 P.M. to 1:00 P.M.


Attorney General Bruning helped produce a white paper with 16 attorneys general to express the legal opinion that states retain ultimate power to establish their emissions standards.


To participate in this conference call and receive background materials, please RSVP to John Eick, legislative analyst for the Task Force on Energy, Environment and Agriculture at
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NEW REPORT on Natural Resource Policies


The Task Force on Energy, Environment & Agriculture (EEA) has a new 

policy guide to help lawmakers navigate a variety of issue areas, from energy, climate change and EPA regulations, to agriculture technology, regulatory reform, and much more.

Click here to download the Natural Resource Reserve  for model policies based on specific issue areas of interest.  


For more information on specific EEA model policy, contact John Eick at (531) 482-5008 or

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American Legislative Exchange Council in the news


Daily Caller Lists 2013′s Top 5 Tax Highlights and Lowlights in the States 

The Daily Caller highlights the Exchange Council’s recently released 2013 State Tax Cut Roundup, detailing the eighteen states that cut taxes in the past year. 



Trade-offs a Factor when the Issue is Cutting Taxes


The Oklahoman cites the 2013 State Tax Cut Roundup to compare Oklahoma’s tax cut efforts with those in other states.



Ten Favorite Washington Clunkers of 2013


The Sunshine State News demonstrates dysfunction within the Washington Beltway by listing Sen. Dick Durbin’s campaign against ALEC as a “most obvious act of intimidation.”

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Task Force Tours

Last week, Sean Riley and Edward Walton, director and legislative analyst, respectively, for the Health and Human Services Task Force, attended the Cato Institute’s State Health Policy Summit in Philadelphia, PA.

Last week, John Eick represented the Task Force on Energy, Environment and Agriculture at the 13th Annual Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit. The Summit was hosted by State Agriculture and Rural Leaders (SARL) in Oklahoma City, OK.

This week, John Stephenson, director of the Task Force on Communications and Technology, attended the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. While there, he spoke with entrepreneurs regarding public policy effects on products and services.

Today, Ben Wilterdink of the Center for State Fiscal Reform will speak on a panel at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s 2014 Policy Orientation. The policy panel is titled, “A Rising Tide: Local Government Debt.”

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This Week’s Hot Reads 

Clean energy should do without special tax breaks

January 06, 2014 - The Washington Post

Battle over state income tax cut will be revived in Missouri Legislature

January 06, 2014 – The Kansas City Star

Let the wind subsidy blow away

January 05, 2014 – Chicago Tribune 

Medicaid expansion under ObamaCare will lead to more emergency room visits, study suggests

January 04, 2014 – Fox News

The three types of NSA snooping that Edward Snowden revealed

January 03, 2014 – Washington Post

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What’s New on The American Legislator Blog?








In case you missed it on the American Legislator blog, Ben Wilterdink of the Center for State Fiscal Reform debunks a recent report from the Center for Effective Government, which concludes that if companies pay more taxes, they create more jobs.


Read the full blog post here.