ALEC Digital Exchange 01-16-2014

ALEC’s weekly email update for the week of 01-16-2014.

EPA Overregulation: Conference Call TODAY


All interested ALEC members are welcome to join Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning on this call, as he shares ideas and legal expertise to address EPA regulations.


TODAY’s EPA conference call: 

Thursday, January 16

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


For more information about EEA initiatives, please email legislative analyst John Eick at


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American Legislative Exchange Council in the news

Chris Christie is an Amateur – The left’s political methods make Gov. Christie look like Little Bo Peep
The Wall Street Journal
: “Just ask ALEC… Threatening companies that participate in politics with reputational destruction is the American left’s version of Maoist shaming sessions. Modern Red Guards don’t hang signs around your neck. Their weapon of choice is modern media. In this league, a political traffic jam is the work of amateurs.”

House Republican Leader Linda Upmeyer’s Opening Day Remarks

The Des Moines Register: “My challenge to you is to carefully consider whether there are opportunities for us to better serve Iowans by cutting some of the federal strings that have attached themselves to our efforts here,” Upmeyer said.  


Protect Americans’ electronic privacy from government

The Post and Courier: Member Rep. Garry Smith, SC (HD-27) joins the ACLU in an oped

to urge, “Having the technological ability to monitor citizens 24/7 doesn’t mean we should.”

Data Spying in the States: Public Safety or Invasion of Privacy?

John Stephenson, director of the Task Force on Communications and Technology, discusses local law enforcement broad use of technology at .

Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality 

John Stephenson provides an update and explanation of this week’s D.C. federal appeals court decision to strike down net neutrality.  


Report Highlights 18 States that Significantly Cut Taxes in 2013 – Illinois Not on the List

Illinois Manufacturers’ Association: The Illinois trade organization bases its discussion on tax cuts largely on the 2013 Tax Cut Roundup.   



Other News Clips



The Supreme Court could Burn Down Obamacare in Order to Save It

January 13, 2014 – Forbes  

When Ignorance is an Excellent Excuse

January 13, 2014 - National Review 

January 09, 2014 – National Journal

Every Job in America, in 1 Graph

January 09, 2014National Public Radio

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Task Force Tours

On Tuesday, Sean Riley, director for the Task Force on Health and Human Service, held an issue briefing for Missouri policymakers titled, Innovation and Access to Cancer Treatment: Examining Parity for Oral Chemotherapy.

Karla Jones, director of the Task Force on International Relations, exhibited at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Conference Tuesday through today at the National Harbor in Maryland. While there, Karla spoke with attendees about potential areas of collaboration.

Yesterday, Jonathan Williams and William Freeland, director and legislative analyst, respectively for the Center for State Fiscal Reform, held a Tax Boot Camp in North Carolina.

Yesterday, Cara Sullivan, director of the Justice Performance Project, hosted an issue briefing in Mississippi to discuss criminal justice and corrections solutions proposals.

John Stephenson and Alex Rued, director and legislative analyst, respectively, for the Task Force on Communications and Technology, traveled with a delegation of seven legislators to the Advanced Comm 2014 Summit at New York Law School Tuesday through Friday. While there, they discussed broadband policy developments with representatives from academia, industry and associations such as the National Conference of State Legislatures and National Association of Counties.

Today, John Eick, legislative analyst for the Task Force on Energy, Environment and Agriculture is hosting a conference call with legislator members to discuss state policy responses to EPA overregulation of greenhouse gasses.

Tomorrow, William Freeland of the Center for State Fiscal Reform will provide testimony on tax reform before a joint committee of the Illinois General Assembly.

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What’s New on The American Legislator Blog?

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In case you missed it on the American Legislator blog, Ben Wilterdink of the Center for State Fiscal Reform discusses why states with lower tax burdens vastly outperform their high-tax counterparts in nearly every category of economic innovation and job growth. 


Read “In Texas, Economic Freedom Produces Innovation and Growth” here.