ALEC is a serious problem. It's dominated and funded by the tobacco and
liquor companies. Its chairman is a bail bondsman who wants to take over the
prison system and run it for profit. The legislation ALEC pushes makes it easier
for predatory companies to do their worst.
The need for the ALEC organization should be self-evident for anyone who has
been involved in legislative hearings on proposed bills. The
domination of the pro-government element in the hearings is usually clear to
see, and the distinct absence of the private sector is also clear.All proposed legislation must go through the process of more than one open
committee hearing with input from interested individuals and organizations.
Anyone that has attended any of these committee hearings can tell you that there
is almost always more input from government agencies that from the private
sector.So, any proposed legislation, whether from ALEC or any other
group or individual, must go through the hearing process prior to any vote by
the respective committee, and then votes from both houses of the legislature.It is therefore my opinion that all of the noise and claims about ALEC
forcing and getting legislation passed is just meaningless rhetoric from the
liberal element of our society trying to discredit a credible organization of
state legislators that is having their annual meeting in Salt Lake this month.
Mr. Scheberle should be asked to explain the use of "fast tracking"
proposed ALEC model legislation that allows ALEC to reduce the time for
legislative discussion and allows for an immediate vote up or down on a bill as
soon as the discussion(s) close ... by a majority vote of only the members
present. In this manner we the "people" are not allowed into the
discussion or to voice our opinions for or against a particular law.He should also explain why ALEC has numerous foreign members from Europe and
beyond sitting upon ALEC's International Relations task forces and voting
upon legislation and resolutions drafted by ALEC and sent out to our states as
proposed new laws. Foreign influence used by ALEC to advance their US
legislative agenda.Just a couple of the questions that should be
asked of Ron Scheberle.
If a union of workers is bad, a union of legislators and businessmen is a
thousand times worse.I hope the campaign for reelection will
identify those members so that we can remember who to vote against.
What do "stand your ground gun laws" and voter ID laws have to do with
economic policy?Where does your funding come from?Who
are your members?ALEC is nothing more than a lobbying group, writing
legislation and passing itself off as a non-profit.
ALEC is a clear and present danger to America. I sincerely hope that all
sensible Americans -- and sensible Utahns -- will make a sincere effort to learn
more about this organization.
What Mr. Scheberle conveniently forgets to mention is that many of those
expansion funds for the “$400 million in new spending for education,
health care, law enforcement and roads...” comes from the same federal
government he claims is creating our problems. And, he overlooks the elephant
in the room – the fact Utah receives more in federal funds than it
contributes to the system.Yes, Utah is doing well. But, it's
hypocritical (and deceitful) to vilify the feds and give full credit to Utah
legislators and politicos for building our infrastructure and major social
programs. How can we trust ALEC when its leader omits the truth?