Legislative Membership Overview
In state legislatures around the country, constituents and groups foster ideas, participate in discussions and provide their points of view to lawmakers. This process is an important part of American Democracy.
The American Legislative Exchange Council is America’s largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state policymakers, bringing together nearly one-third of the country’s state legislators and hundreds of leading industry experts and policy analysts to share ideas and experiences with their counterparts around the country, evaluate how policies work in other states and learn from others’ challenges.
Legislators receive academic research and policy analysis from industry experts who actually work with the issues, processes and problem-solving strategies upon which they vote, returning more informed and better prepared to serve the needs of their communities.
|Model Policy||The centerpiece of Task Force projects is ALEC model policy. ALEC is the only state legislative organization that adopts policies and creates model policies for its members to use in their states. All of ALEC’s model policies are publicly available online.|
|Issue Analysis||Short analyses of topical issues that provide perfect preparation for talking points and media briefings.|
|Report Cards and Special Studies||State-by-state analyses of critical issues such as education and tax and fiscal policy.|
|ALEC Academies and State Issue Seminars||Throughout the year ALEC conducts issue-specific seminars in 20 to 30 state capitols. ALEC Academies are special two-day intensive programs on specific issues, featuring national experts as faculty.|
|Inside ALEC||This magazine for our members is published up to nine times throughout the year. ALEC members can read and learn about issues shaping public policy, the success of policy in state legislatures, and submit their own articles.|
|ALEC Lectures||Reprints of significant speeches and presentations made at ALEC meetings.|
|ALEC Website||ALEC’s website is a valuable resource to our members. Register for meetings, receive task force updates, find out what other states are doing and how their policies have been successful, and download all of our model policies.|
ALEC National Task Forces
ALEC’s nine National Task Forces serve as public policy laboratories where legislators develop model policies to use across the country. Task Forces also commission research, publish issue papers, convene workshops and issue briefings, and serve as clearinghouses of information on free-market policies in the states. Unique to ALEC Task Forces is their public-private partnership, a synergistic alliance that identifies issues and then responds with common sense, results-oriented policies.
Legislators welcome their private sector counterparts to the table, working in unison to solve the challenges facing the nation.