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ALEC and Florida Politics

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Posted July 23, 2015, Updated July 24, 2015 at 6:20pm
ALEC + Florida Politics, cont'd

Update: Crisafulli's office gives approval to legislators, travel to ALEC conference at taxpayer expense.

'ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) is a corporate bill mill.' Conservative ALEC writes bills that legislators enact. ALEC undermines alternative renewable energy including solar in Florida, denies global warming, promotes fracking, opposes organized labor and minimum wages, environmental protection, Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) -- almost anything that is in the Public Interest, ALEC opposes. Legislators, including Crisafulli, do not like to disclose or discuss their ALEC connections.
-- SCPA Editor

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7 House members in San Diego for conservative group ALEC

naked politics, Miami Herald, posted by Michael Auslen, July 21, 2015

Conservative legislators from around the country are flocking to San Diego this week for an annual gathering focused on states’ rights, shrinking government and free-market policies.

Among the attendees at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, more commonly called ALEC, are seven members of the Florida House.

Republican Reps. Dennis Baxley of Ocala, Colleen Burton of Lakeland, Neil Combee of Polk County, Mike Hill of Pensacola, Larry Metz of Yalaha, Kathleen Petersof South Pasadena and John Wood of Winter Haven are all attending the conference, according to Wood’s office. Rep. Mike LaRosa, R-St. Cloud, was also authorized by the House to attend but is not in California for the event.

No members of the Senate are confirmed to be attending the conference, including Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, who serves as ALEC’s state co-chair in Florida alongside Wood.

Representatives attending the conference have been given permission by the Speaker’s office to use their taxpayer-funded member accounts for travel expenses. However, it’s not clear whether any of them will choose to do so.

Wood said he hasn’t yet decided if he’ll pay for his travels with taxpayer dollars or leftover campaign funds. …

… The ALEC conference has been criticized, though, as a chance for corporate interest groups to influence state legislators behind closed doors. The national group’s Private Enterprise Advisory Council includes representatives from AT&T, State Farm and Exxon Mobil, among other groups. …

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2015/07/7-house-members-in-san-diego-for-conservative-group-alec.html

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Hot Topics at ALEC's 2015 Meeting in San Diego

PRWatch, by Brendan Fischer, July 20, 2015

In recent years, ALEC has targeted the Environmental Protection Agency's "Clean Power Plan," which is a set of rules limiting carbon dioxide pollution from coal plants. At the behest of its funders like Koch Industries, Peabody Energy, and American Electric Power, ALEC has been organizing a state-level campaign against the rules: the group organized legislators to press their state attorneys general into joining litigation backed by the energy industry that challenges the regulations, adopted a model resolution attacking the plan, and last December adopted a model bill that would create new hurdles for the Plan's implementation.

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2015/07/12876/alecs-2015-agenda

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Seven members of Florida House attending conservative ALEC conference in San Diego

Tampa Bay Times, THE BUZZ, by Michael Auslen, July 21, 2015

Conservative legislators from around the country are flocking to San Diego this week for an annual gathering focused on states’ rights, shrinking government and free-market policies.

Among the attendees at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, more commonly called ALEC, are seven members of the Florida House.

Republican Reps. Dennis Baxley of Ocala, Colleen Burton of Lakeland, Neil Combee of Polk County, Mike Hill of Pensacola, Larry Metz of Yalaha, Kathleen Peters of South Pasadena and John Wood of Winter Haven are all attending the conference, according to Wood’s office. Rep. Mike LaRosa, R-St. Cloud, was also authorized by the House to attend but is not in California for the event.

No members of the Senate are confirmed to be attending the conference, including Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, who serves as ALEC’s state co-chair in Florida alongside Wood. ...

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/seven-members-of-florida-house-attending-conservative-alec-conference-in/2238159

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Seven Florida House Republicans attending ALEC conference this week

Florida Politics, by Mitch Perry, July 21, 2015

In advance of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) national meeting which begins Wednesday in San Diego, the good government group Common Cause Florida is calling on two state lawmakers to disclose any corporate or special interest funding that is paying for state lawmakers to travel to the west coast for the meeting. ALEC meetings place business executives with state legislators from across the country, where often times so-called model legislation espoused by business interests gets exposed to lawmakers, who frequently will then introduce similar bills when they next convene with their state legislatures.

“Common Cause Florida is urging state Representative John Wood (R-Winter Haven) and state Senator Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) ALEC’s state chairs in Florida, to disclose any corporate or special interest funding to ALEC scholarships that is paying for Florida legislators’ travel to the ALEC event,” the group’s president, Peter Butzin writes in a statement.

“In the past there have been scholarships awarded to various new members who are attending an ALEC conference. We have not made any decisions concerning that,” Representative Wood told Florida Politics from Southern California, where he will be attending the conference this week. He said that each legislator who attends the conference makes his or her own decision about whether to seek out any reimbursement for their travel expenses. One account in which they can dip into is a so-called state “inter-district account” that requires approval by the House administration. Wood also said that were also “special accounts” comprised of left over campaign funds that allow lawmakers to use for office and travel expenses. …

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/186850-seven-florida-house-republicans-attending-alec-conference-this-week

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Florida ALEC Politicians

ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. ...

Florida legislators with ALEC ties:
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Florida_ALEC_Politicians

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ALEC Exposed
104 corporations have left ALEC

http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed

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