ALEC Disclosure Bill Killed at Urging of ALEC Board Member

Democratic efforts to require lawmakers to disclose what special interests are proposing the “model legislation” members often introduce died in a party-line vote last week in Republican-run House subcommittee, according to Andy Sher (a piece of a political notebook)..
“This is a bad bill … horrible bill, really,” Rep. Curry Todd, R-Collierville, said during the House State and Local Government Subcommittee meeting. “I know what it’s getting back at. It’s getting back at ALEC.”
ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council, a national group of businesses and conservative legislators from across the U.S. Critics say the group is really a front that gives large corporations a big hand in writing bills introduced in dozens of states in areas ranging from anti-teacher union measures to voting.
Todd is a board member.
The disclosure bill’s sponsor, Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, said it “does not particularly talk about ALEC” and noted it also would affect groups like the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures. “It’s just good disclosure to know where these bills come from.”
Rep. Tommie Brown, D-Chattanooga, also defended the bill, saying, “All it does is tell us the source.”
The bill (HB2301) died on a voice vote
. (But all three Democrats on the panel – Reps. Tommie Brown, Larry Miller and Mike Turner – had themselves officially recorded as voting yes, which more or less leaves all the panel’s voice-voting Republicans as official no votes.)

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