From: Bill Meierling
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: ALEC Weekly Digital Exchange 04-10-2014
Date: Thu Apr 10 16:08:52 MDT 2014
News and Information; Hotel Sold Out
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The Kansas City Marriott Downtown is SOLD OUT for the Spring Task Force Summit

Staff have secured a supplemental room block next door at the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown. Booking information for the room block is on the website. Please book your hotel room today.

Register today for the 2014 Spring Task Force Summit May 1 and 2 in Kansas City, MO. View the updated meeting website here for all information regarding the agenda and hotel, as well as shuttle service and entertainment options around Kansas City.

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Reforming Net Metering - Providing a Bright and Equitable Future

2014 Annual Meeting Award Nominations Due TOMORROW

Know an ALEC member who deserves special recognition? Nominate them to receive an award at the 2014 ALEC Annual Meeting. Please return the 2014 Annual Meeting Awards Nomination Form to Briana Mulder at by April 11.

  • William J. Raggio Excellence in Leadership and Outstanding Service Award
  • Legislator of the Year Award
  • Private Sector Member of the Year Award
  • Volunteer of the Year Award

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EPA Overregulation Conference Call - April 15
On Tuesday, April 15, the Honorable Wayne Stenehjem, Attorney General of North Dakota, will join ALL interested ALEC members for a conference call to offer policymakers ideas and legal
expertise to address recent and forthcoming EPA activity.

Tuesday, April 15; 12:30 to 1:00 PM ET

Stenehjem wrote
a white paper with 16 other attorneys general asserting states' ultimate power to establish their emissions
standards and has worked on regulatory matters concerning oil
drilling and transportation.


To RSVP, please email John Eick at

Historic Education Reform Victory in Kansas

A historic bill for education reform passed the Kansas State Legislature on Sunday, April 6. House Bill 2506 creates the first-ever school choice program, eliminates teacher tenure, allows for alternative teacher licensing, and forms a new Efficiency and Student Performance Commission. The bill is on its way to Governor Brownback's office for signature.

Policy Panel: State Education Agencies: The Smaller the Better?

All interested members are invited to join the Thomas B. Fordham Institute for a discussion on the role of state education agencies and their leaders in the education-reform ecosystem.

Date: April 24, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: 1016 16th Street NW, 7th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20036

Learn more and RSVP here.

Jim Patrick Idaho

Sen. Jim Patrick, ID (SD-25) Responds to Critics

I laughed when I read that the editorial board "discovered" from "internal documents acquired by" that I am the American Legislative Exchange Council Idaho State Chair. Perhaps those documents include a picture of The Exchange Council website, since I'm listed right there on the state chair website.

...By the way, what is
Answer: it's a webpage run by the Center for Media and Democracy, a
leftist group funded by billionaire George Soros.

It appears billionaire funding is not the problem with which the editorial board takes issue. Believing in limited governments, free markets and federalism is.

Read the full editorial response here.

2014 Annual Meeting Dallas-Register Now

Register for the 2014 Annual Meeting July 30 - August 1 in Dallas, TX

Early Bird cut-off for Exhibitor Registration is April 25. Don't miss an opportunity to promote your organization's mission and speak with hundreds of legislators from across the country. Spaces are filling up and we expect to reach maximum capacity. Sign up today by contacting Brendan Barber at or (202) 281-8879.

Early Bird Attendee Registration Prices end June 13.
Register now to get the best price and book your hotel before space fills up.

ALEC has recently switched to a new database. You may have received an email with new login information that will enable you to register online for the Annual Meeting. If you have already accessed the portal and set up a new login, you will not receive this email. Please contact Ngan Nguyen at with any questions.

2014-04-07 RSPS 300x426Coming Soon: Rich States, Poor States

Next week, the Center for State Fiscal Reform will release its annual Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index

Co-authored by Dr. Arthur Laffer, Stephen Moore and Jonathan Williams, the report ranks state economic competitiveness based on 15 equally weighted policy variables.

Will you join us? On Friday, April 25 at 12:30 PM ET, ALEC members are invited to join a conference call hosted by Jonathan Williams, who will present the report's latest findings. To RSVP for the Rich States, Poor States conference call, please email Kati Siconolfi at

American Legislative Exchange Council in the News

Report: Flood of Laws Turns Unwitting Citizens Into Criminals
Newsmax interviews Cara Sullivan about the Justice Performance Project's recent report, Criminalizing America: How Big Government Makes a Criminal of Every American.

Mozilla's Brendan Eich and Progressive Bullies
At the Acton Institute's Power Blog, Bruce Edwards explains the strategy behind the name-and-shame tactics employed by left-leaning groups to intimidate corporations from participating in any political activity or group with which they disagree, including shareholder resolutions.

Northwood Freedom Seminar in Detroit this week
The Midland Daily News announces the 36th Freedom Seminar, "The Path to Prosperity," that brings students together with economists, policy analysts and educators to explore economic issues. Jonathan Williams of the Center for State Fiscal Reform will present.

Balancing Ride-on-Demand Innovations with Common Sense Consumer Protections
In her post in the American Legislator , Cara Sullivan explains the regulatory issues faced by Transportation Network Companies (TNC) like Uber and Lyft and the balance between free market ideas and consumer protection.

States Can Promote Next-Generation Wireless by Removing Regulator Barriers
At the American Legislator, Seth Cooper of the Free State Foundations discusses how states can lead the way in next-gen wireless innovation by eliminating regulatory hurdles.

GOP plan would hike aid to poor schools, expand public charter schools
The Olathe News provides an update on the the Kansas Legislature's attempt to improve inequality in public schools, and promote school choice for parents and students.

New House Bill Takes Major Strides in Overcoming Washington's Wireless Regulatory Hurdles
The American Legislator provides a look at Washington States' efforts to limit regulation on wireless providers; promote modernization.

EXography: States passing laws to pull the shades on high-tech police snooping on mobile phones, devices
TechNews redistributes the study of state legislatures moving to protect citizen electronic data from government spying. The story originally appeared in the Washington Examiner.
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