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December 1, 2012 / needhamgrassroots

State Legislatures: So Easy to Ignore…So Important Not To

ALEC(intro via Progressive Mass facebook status):

State Legislatures matter… a lot. Consider the voter suppression bills of the past year. While it’s often harder to keep tabs on what happens at the State Houses across the land, we must, if we care about national priorities. (Not to mention the greater –and sometimes groundbreaking– impact that state legislation can have on citizens [see ‘Mass., equal marriage’], and the greater impact citizens can have on state legislatures, compared to US Congress).

via Bill Moyers —  With all eyes on the presidential election, it’s important to keep in mind that many of the laws that affect us most directly — from taxes to marriage equality to voter ID — are made at the state level.

The idea that change begins with the states is one of the founding principles of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. In state houses around the country, hundreds of ALEC “model laws” are proposed or enacted that would, among other things, dilute collective bargaining rights, make it harder for some Americans to vote and limit corporate liability for harm caused to consumers.

Is your representative a member of ALEC? ALEC claims that nearly 2,000 state legislators are members, but doesn’t disclose their names. The Center for Media and Democracy, on their ALEC Exposed site, has a list of nearly 1,000 legislators they believe to be ALEC members. Click on the map or enter your city or street address…to see if your representatives are on the list. If no results are found for your district, help us complete the map by calling your representatives and asking if they belong to ALEC. Then let us know what they say using the pop-up form below, or simply email:

FROM: Interactive Map: Is Your State Legislator a Member of ALEC? | (Sept 28 2012) –

Here are the MA results from SourceWatch, as of 12/1/2012 (when accessed):

This is a partial list of Massachusetts politicians that are known to be involved in, or previously involved in, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It is a partial list. (If you have additional names, please add them with a citation. The names in this original list were verified as of posting.)

Legislators who have cut ties with ALEC publicly are also listed here.

Massachusetts Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

Former Legislators

  • Rep. Warren E Tolman [3]

  • Rep. Patricia A. Walrath [3]

  • Sen. James A. Jajuga [3]

  • Sen. Richard Tisei [3]


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