ALEC Digital Exchange 03-27-2014

ALEC’s weekly email update for the week of 03-27-2014

Spring Task Force Summit Deadlines Next Week  

Early Bird Registration and Hotel Room Block reservations for the 2014 Spring Task Force Summit in Kansas City, MO end April 4.

Did you know?
ALEC has arranged for discount, direct shuttle service between Kansas City International Airport and the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Book your shuttle today. 

Visit the updated meetings website to find out when your Task Force meets, how to find the best barbecue, or to check out the many sources of entertainment in Kansas City, including shopping, museums, musical and comedy venues or even catch a Royals – Detroit Tigers baseball game.

Register today to receive the best prices and ensure your hotel room at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.


**Note: Registration for the 2014 Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX opens MONDAY.


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2014 Annual Meeting Award Nominations Underway 

Know an ALEC member who deserves special recognition? Want to congratulate someone for a job well done? 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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New Report: Reforming Net Metering – Providing a Bright and Equitable Future

The American Legislative Exchange Council has released its latest report, Reforming Net Metering – Providing a Bright and Equitable Future.

The report follows the recently adopted Updating Net Metering Policies Resolution and offers a primer on distributive generation (DG) and net metering, discusses the importance and value of the electric grid, reviews existing studies on the cost and cost-shifting elements of net metering, and provides an analysis of net metering from a competitive market perspective.

Download Reforming Net Metering – Providing a Bright and Equitable Future here.

Download the key findings document here.

Member legislators will soon receive mailed hard copies. 


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Raising the Minimum Wage: The Effects on Employment, Businesses and Consumers

A new report, Raising the Minimum Wage: The Effects on Employment, Businesses and Consumers provides facts and research about impacts of raising the minimum wage to inform the debate for lawmakers around the country.


Download your copy of Raising the Minimum Wage: The Effects on Employment, Businesses and Consumers.   


Member legislators will soon receive mailed hard copies. 

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State Education Trends: New Cato Institute Study

The Cato Institute has released a new state-by-state study that compares state education spending with test scores during the past 40 years.

See how your state compares here.

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Invitation: Kansas City Power and Light Tour

During the Spring Task Force Summit in Kansas City, MO, the Task Force on Energy, Environment and Agriculture has arranged for member legislators to tour the Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) Hawthorn Generating Facility, which generates electricity from both coal and natural gas.

The tour will take place on May 1 from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., the day immediately before the Spring Task Force Summit. In order to join the tour, please be ready to leave the host hotel – Kansas City Marriott Downtown – by 1:30 P.M.

Transportation to the facility, safety equipment and all other materials will be provided.

Please RSVP to John Eick at Space is limited.


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American Legislative Exchange Council in the news
Sean Riley Testimony on Exchanges and Health Reform 

American Legislator posted remarks from informational testimony Sean Riley was asked to provide to the Maryland Health and Government Operations Committee regarding health care reform.

Senate approves repealing renewable energy rule 

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports on the Kansas Senate moving to remove state renewable energy mandates, citing similar ALEC model policy.

UW Professor Fundraising for Liberal Groups on Public Dime 

Right Wisconsin reports on findings that a professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, who travels to speaking engagements on behalf of the Center for American Progress, does so with taxpayer-funded monies from the university.

The Jason Lewis Show – ALEC and Criminal Justice
Cara Sullivan was a guest this week on “The Jason Lewis Show” to discuss ALEC work on criminal justice reforms and big government overcriminalization. You can hear the interview here.

Rep. Mike Burns: Pro-life victory, electronic privacy, more
In the Travelers Rest Tribune, Rep. Mike Burns, SC (HD-17)  highlights work in the legislature consistent with the model Electronic Data Privacy Protection Act.

John Stephenson Testimony on Electronic Data Privacy Protection
American Legislator has posted John Stephenson’s remarks before the South Carolina House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitutional Laws Hearing on electronic data privacy protection.

SC Working on Cell Phone Protection Bill
WLTX 19 reports on efforts by Representative Garry Smith (HD-27) to update South Carolina privacy laws, consistent with ALEC model policy, to provide more protection for cell phones.

New Publication on Net Metering Reform

John Eick unveils the latest report by the Task Force on Energy, Environment and Agriculture at the American Legislator.
Other News Clips
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Task Force Tours

On Monday, Edward Walton, legislative analyst for the Task Force on Health and Human Services, attended a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event titled, “Achieving Meaningful Transparency in Health Care: Better Information on Cost and Quality.”

Jonathan Williams and Will Freeland of the Center for State Fiscal Reform spent Monday through Wednesday of this week in Louisiana. Together, they gave an issue briefing to legislators in Baton Rouge and participated in the Heritage Foundation’s Annual Resource Bank Conference.
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March is National Reading Month