ALEC Digital Exchange 02-06-2014

ALEC’s weekly email update for the week of 02-06-2014.

Registration is now open for the 2014 Spring Task Force Summit in Kansas City, Mo.

All events will take place at the host hotel, the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

Did you know? Kansas City is world renowned as an important cultural hub for jazz, blues, ragtime and vaudeville from the 1920s to the 1940s, earning the city moniker, “Paris of the Plains.”

Kansas City still boasts an active jazz and blues scene, with more than 20 area nightclubs that feature jazz.

Please make your plans to join lawmakers from around the country for a celebration of limited government, free markets and federalism on May 1 and 2.

Questions? Click here to register or for more information.   

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Newly Released: The States’ Broadband Plan  

Yesterday, the Task Force on Communications and Technology released The States’ Broadband Plan: Three Suggested Policies to Promote Broadband in the States.The broadband plan focuses on better connectivity to broadband with an emphasis on public safety.The States’ Broadband Plan highlights three model policies to expand broadband opportunities across the country:

Click here to download The States’ Broadband Plan.

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American Legislative Exchange Council in the news

President Obama Can Find Change in the States 

Ben Wilterdink provided a response to last week’s State of the Union Address at America’s Future Foundation Doublethink Online.

Sights are set on Plastic Bags 

John Eick, director of the Task Force on Energy, Environment and Agriculture, writes on American Legislator about the growing movement to ban or tax the use of plastic bags, despite evidence that plastic bags are more eco-friendly than the environmental lobby’s alternatives.

Research & Commentary: Net Metering

The Heartland Institute published a policy document on net metering reform and the organizations that have called for reforms this year, including the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, National Policy Alliance, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Southern States Energy Board and the American Legislative Exchange Council.

The criminalization of America

The Columbia Daily Herald features a new report by the Justice Performance Project, Criminalizing America – How Big Government Makes a Criminal of Every American.


Oklahoma Considers Pro-Growth Tax Reform

At American Legislator, Ben Wilterdink of the Center for State Fiscal Reform breaks down the Oklahoma tax cut package making its way through the state House and Senate, and calculates how passing the tax reform measure would keep Oklahoma competitive with its neighbors and raise the state’s ranking in Rich States, Poor States. 

ALEC State of the Union Response

The American Legislator provides a comprehensive response to last week’s State of the Union from each of the ALEC task forces.

Obama fails to reveal Navigator program leaves consumers at risk

Ed Walton, policy analyst for the Task Force on Health and Human Services, writes at The Daily Caller about giant loopholes in the health exchange sign-up system that leaves consumers at great risk for fraud and identity theft.

Other News Clips
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Task Force Tours

It was announced this week that John Eick has been promoted to director of the Task Force on Energy, Environment and Agriculture. Congratulations to John.

On Wednesday, Jonathan Williams, director of the Center for State Fiscal Reform, accepted an invitation to testify before the Kansas House Taxation Committee and spoke to the Kansas Bankers’ Association Annual Meeting in Topeka.

Also on Wednesday, Kati Siconolfi, Manager of the Center for State Fiscal Reform, accepted an invitation to testify before the Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee regarding the value of reducing corporate income tax rates. 
Today, Jonathan Williams will hold Rich States, Poor States events with the Kansas Policy Institute in Wichita and Kansas City. 
Today, Alex Rued, policy analyst for the Task Force on Communications and Technology, will represent ALEC at the first of many National Telecommunications and Information Administration Multi stakeholder meetings, to discuss and develop a code of conduct for use of facial recognition technologies.