American Legislative Exchange Council

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.

South Dakota taxpayers will pay dues for all state legislators to join the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. The state’s legislative executive board met this week and voted to include ALEC in its roster of national legislative associations. The new policy includes travel expenses for state legislators involved in ALEC leadership.
ALEC is a national organization that supplies state legislatures with model conservative legislation. Critics say the organization is funded by corporations, and that its model legislation benefits Corporate America.