ALEC Digital Exchange 04-03-2014

ALEC’s weekly email update for the week of 04-03-2014

News and Information; Early Bird Deadline TOMORROW

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stration and Hotel Room Block Reservations end THIS WEEK.

Register today for the 2014 Spring Task Force Summit May 1 and 2 in Kansas City, MO. View the updated meetings website for information regarding the hotel, Task Force meeting times, shuttle service and things to do in and around Kansas City.

reserve your hotel rooms

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
on May 1 and 2.

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

Download the report key findings document here.

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Kansas City Power and Light Tour

Member legislators are invited to tour the Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) coal and natural gas facility during the Spring Task Force Summit.

When: May 1, 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Where: The group will leave the Kansas City Marriott Downtown by 1:30 P.M.

Transportation and safety equipment are provided.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to John Eick at

2014 Annual Meeting Award Nominations Due Next Week

Want to congratulate an ALEC member for a job well done?
Nominate them to receive an award at the 2014 ALEC Annual Meeting:

  • 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

Please return the 2014 Annual Meeting Awards Nomination Form to Briana Mulder at by April 11.

2014 Annual Meeting Dallas-Register Now

Registration for the 2014 Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX is Now Open

Early Bird Exhibitor Registration Prices end April 25.

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 soon receive 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, then you will not
receive this email.

Please contact Ngan Nguyen at with
any questions.

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American Legislative Exchange Council in the News

The left’s own law factories
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel examines left-leaning Wisconsin think tanks, activities and donors in the wake of criticism of ALEC.

States With Healthy Budgets Cut Taxes to Boost Economy, Growth

Newsmax interviews Ben Wilterdink of the Center for State Fiscal Reform to discuss the movement by states to spur economic growth by cutting taxes.

Exography: States passing laws to pull the shades on high-tech police snooping on mobile phones, devices
The Washington Examiner interviews John Stephenson of the Task Force on Communications and Technology and incorporates data from ALEC and the ACLU to examine a movement in state legislatures to update laws to reflect the growing amount of information stored on smart-phones.

Growing number of states outlaw NSA-style police and government spying

The Daily Caller adds coverage to the story by the Washington Examiner regarding state efforts to limit government electronic surveillance.

States Update Laws, Protect Electronic Data from Government
Discussion of the trend in state legislatures to protect citizens’ electronic privacy continues through commentary by John Stephenson on RedState.

The Overfederalization of Crime in America

Cara Sullivan of the Justice Performance Project discusses the economic burdens over-federalization of crime can have on taxpayers. Her post in the American Legislator explains the inefficiency in the criminal justice system, and argues that that states are better suited to handle the issue.

Mississippi Makes Progress toward a More Just and Efficient Criminal Justice System
The American Legislator reports on major strides Mississippi is taking to have a smarter more efficient criminal justice system.

How Illinois ranks in the U.S. on key indicators

Chicago Tribune relies heavily on Rich States, Poor States and Education Report Card in its report evaluating whether ‘Illinois is better off in 2014 than it was four years ago.’

Government-run UTOPIA is not good for Utahans
In her post on the American Legislator, Alex Rued discusses some of the troubles Utah’s government-operated broadband service is facing, and explains why private sector methods provide better services and greater quality.

Bill Improving State’s Wireless Telecommunications Signed by Governor

Washington Policy Center reports on how a new house bill takes major strides in overcoming Washington State’s wireless regulatory hurdles.

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Task Force Tours

This week, Ben Wilterdink and Jonathan Williams of the Center for State Fiscal Reform traveled to Oklahoma to partner with the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs for several policy briefings with Oklahoma state lawmakers. During several events Wednesday and Thursday, they briefed legislators on Rich States, Poor States and general matters of tax and pension reform.