A new report by several government watchdog groups suggests a corporately funded national organization, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is being very successful getting multiple states, including Florida, to adopt their draft legislation, including Stand Your Ground or restrictions on voting rights.
One Florida Lawmaker even forgot to strip their name off a bill before it was introduced.
Voters in most Florida counties will have seven fewer days to early vote. The same thing is happening in other states that are controlled by Republicans.
Ion Sancho, Leon County Supervisor of Elections, “It’s happening in Georgia, Maine, New Hampshire, Arizona, Tennessee, you name it, if it has a Republican controlled legislature, they’re making it more difficult for citizens to cast accessible ballots in person.”
A new 50-page report says the changes in Florida and other states are no coincidence. Doug Clopp from the citizens lobby, Common Cause, blames the corporate-sponsored American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.
“The research that we’ve seen is that ALEC exists for a sole purpose, a single purpose, and that is to move racks of legislation, corporately sponsored bills, through state houses across the country.”
The report is clear. Language drafted by ALEC shows up in multiple bills in Florida.
Damien Filer is with Pogress Florida, “What’s wrong with it is that the impetus behind these bills is profit for the corporate partners that are behind this legislation. It’s non what’s in the best interest of public policy.”
ALEC’s involvement in legislation became front and center when State Representative Rachel Bergen introduced this bill, leaving in a paragraph referencing ALEC. A short time later, she reintroduced the exact same bill without the ALEC language. Bergen’s legislation dealt with lowering the corporate tax rate.
The House Speakers office could not provide a list of people attending ALEC’s annual conference, which began today in Salt Lake. The Republican Party of Florida declined comment, directing us to individual lawmakers.