Legislators Divided On Value Of ALEC
The executive board of the South Dakota legislature has approved payment of membership dues and travel expenses for legislators who want to be involved in the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. It’s one of four national organizations approved for these expenses. Members say it’s a forum where they can hear from national experts and learn what’s going on in other states. Detractors say it’s a conservative, corporate-driven arena that churns out template legislation.