ALEC members gather to advance economic work in the states

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  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    July 25, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    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.

  • watchman Salt Lake City, UT
    July 24, 2012 3:56 p.m.

    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.

  • Bob Sloan Indianapolis, IN
    July 24, 2012 1:04 p.m.

    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.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 24, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    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.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    July 24, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    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.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 24, 2012 9:21 a.m.

    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.

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    July 24, 2012 7:37 a.m.

    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?