Saturday, July 14, 2012

Utah Prepares for ALEC Annual Meeting

ALEC 39th-annual meeting
July 25-28
Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City

An article in the Salt Lake City Tribune – worth a few minutes of your time.

Read the whole thing >>>>HERE<<<<<

Some snips to get you interested:

"It represents a pay-to-play system where corporations work with select legislators to draft model legislation that puts corporate profit ahead of the public interest and often ahead of public safety," said Doug Clopp, deputy program director with the watchdog group Common Cause.

The third, says Maryann Martindale, executive director of the Alliance for a Better Utah, a progressive-leaning good-government group, is perhaps the most troubling: ALEC’s lack of transparency.

"We don’t know who they’re meeting with. We don’t really know who are members," she said. "There’s a veil of secrecy and security around these conferences."

And this piece of ridiculousness
At the group’s meeting in Charlotte, N.C., in May, for example, Niederhauser offered a resolution adopted by ALEC and backed by tobacco companies urging states to enact tax laws pushing cigarette smokers to use smokeless tobacco because it is less harmful.
You have to read his reasoning behind this statement – it is an absolute gem of ALEC Corporate profit sector wisdom.

And then in the sidebar – you find this very important piece of information
ALEC convention coming to SLC

The American Legislative Exchange Council’s 39th annual convention will be July 25-28 at The Grand America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. Gov. Gary Herbert will give the opening remarks.

Alliance For A Better Utah and other groups will hold an ALEC Exposed workshop 6-8 p.m. July 25. The event is open to the public, but attendees are asked to RSVP at The event will be held at
629 S. State St

ALEC 39th-annual meeting
July 25-28
Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City

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