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(This page includes tips from reporters, citizens journalists, and others identifying Arizona bills (introduced or passed) that resemble ALEC model legislation. CMD encourages the use of this forum and encourages further detailed research to verify all claims.)

  • SB 1070 (2010-2011) "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act"[1] is similar to ALEC's "No Sanctuary Cities for Illegal Immigrants Act"[2][3] The template for what would become SB1070 was written, with input from Corrections Corporations of America, by Arizona State Senate president Russell Pearce(R-18) at an ALEC conference in Washington D.C in December of 2009.[4][5]
  • SB 1159 (2009) "Trespassing; Illegal Aliens"[6] (Sponsors: Russell Pearce, Pamela Gorman, Judy Burges) is similar to "ALEC's Immigration Law Enforcement Act." [7] This act was adopted by ALEC’s board in June of 2008, and would later be included in ALEC’s ‘No Sanctuary Cities for Illegal Immigrants Act,’ which was introduced in full as SB 1070. [8]
  • SB 1309 (2011) "Arizona Citizenship"[9] Failed in Senate on Third Reading: 03/17/11 (Sponsors: Russell Pearce, Steve Smith, Ron Gould). Looks like ALEC's "Resolution on Fourteenth Amendment."[10]. The movement behind it is growing, and similar legislation has been introduced in Montana, South Dakota,and even in the U.S. Congress. [11]
  • SB 1409 (2011) "Government publications; English only" [12] Held in House: 03/23/11 (Sponsors: Lori Klein, Steve Smith). Looks like ALEC's "Omnibus Common Language Act." [13] It is also important to note that the Arizona legislation SB 1409 specifically requires that voting materials be published in English; that could disenfranchise U.S. voters who speak English as a second language, potentially in violation of the Voting Rights Act. [14]
  • SB 1466 (2009) "COUNCIL ON EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT" Failed in House on Third Reading on Reconsideration: 06/30/09 (Sponsors: Pamela Gorman, Jack Harper)[15]. Looks like ALEC's "COUNCIL ON EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT ACT"[16], however, predates date of Model Legislation's approval by several months, potentially what the model bill is based on. Governor Jan Brewer, an ALEC alum, created just such a privatization panel within the executive branch in 2010. That panel, the Commission on Privatization and Efficiency, released its report in July of 2011.[17]
  • SCR 1028 (2011) [18] Held in House: 04/5/11 (Sponsors: Gail Griffin, Scott Bundgaard, Lori Klein, Steve Smith, Rick Murphy, Steven Yarbrough, Sylvia Tenney Allen, Thomas Forese, Cecil Ash, David Gowan, J. Ted Vogt, Judy Burges, Jack Harper, Nancy Barto, Kimberly Yee, David Stevens) Compare to ALEC's "Prohibition on Compensation Deductions Act." [19] The bill “will limit funding for public employee unions by prohibiting public employers from deducting union dues from worker paychecks. Unions will have to collect dues directly from workers, reducing total dues that unions will collect and distracting from other workplace or union member issues by requiring unions to focus energy on the task of collecting dues. [20]
  • SCR 1058 (2010) "Claiming sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over certain powers."[21] Compare to ALEC's "Resolution to Restate State Sovereignty."[22] See David Safier and Lisa Hoffman's line-by-line comparison on BlogForArizona.com or here (2009 SCR 1038, basically identical to 2010 SCR 1058).[23]
  • HB 2024 (2011) "Clean Elections Act; Repeal," [24] Held awaiting First Reading (Sponsors: David Smith, Cecil Ash, David Stevens). Looks like ALEC's "Resolution Opposing Taxpayer Financed Political Campaigns." [25] In June of 2011, the Supreme Court, in an opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, struck down the “matching funds” provisions of the Clean Elections Act, which had provided additional public funds to candidates to equalize spending by privately financed candidates and independent spending by third parties on behalf of those candidates. [26]
  • HB 2068 (2009) [27] Held in committee: 01/15/09 Looks like ALEC's "The Parental Choice Scholarship Program Act (Means- Tested Eligibility)." [28] The ALEC model bill targets families eligible for reduced price school lunches and families making 250% more than the qualifying income limit. HB 2068 contains no qualifying income limits. [29]
  • HB 2649 (2011) "Early ballots; voter rolls; enforcement" [30] Held in Committees: 02/15/11 (Sponsors: Judy Burges, David Smith, David Stevens). Looks like ALEC's "Voter ID Act."[31] The two versions of this legislation require voters to have photo identification for early voting. [32]
  • HB 2745 (2008) "Employer Sanctions" [33] Passed: 05/01/08 (Sponsors: Russell Pearce, Stephen Yarborough, Eddie Farnsworth, John Kavanagh). Looks like ALEC's "Fair and Legal Employment Act." [34] The Arizona bill was introduced in February 2008. ALEC formally adopted the Fair and Legal Employment Act in June 2008. [35]

References

  1. Arizona State Legislature, SB 1070, state legislation, passed April 23, 2010
  2. American Legislative Exchange Council, No Sanctuary Cities for Illegal Immigrants Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  3. Lee Fang, Prison Industry Funnels Donations To State Lawmakers Introducing SB1070-Like Bills Around The Country, Think Progress blog, September 16, 2010
  4. Laura Sullivan,"Prison Economics Help Drive Arizona Immigration Law","NPR",Oct. 28,2010
  5. Laura Sullivan,"Shaping State Laws With Little Scrutiny","NPR",Oct. 29,2010
  6. Arizona State Legislature, immigration; law enforcement; safe neighborhoods, [1], state legislation, accessed January 19, 2012
  7. American Legislative Exchange Council, Immigration Law Enforcement Act, ALEC Exposed, model resolution exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, accessed January 19, 2012
  8. ALEC in Arizona, Common Cause, accessed January 19, 2012
  9. Arizona State Legislature, SB 1309, [2], state legislation, accessed January 19, 2012
  10. American Legislative Exchange Council, Resolution on Fourteenth Amendment, ALEC Exposed, model resolution exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, accessed January 19, 2012
  11. ALEC in Arizona, Common Cause, accessed January 19, 2012
  12. Arizona State Legislature, SB 1409, [3], state legislation, accessed January 19, 2012
  13. American Legislative Exchange Council, Omnibus Common Language Act, ALEC Exposed, model resolution exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, accessed January 19, 2012
  14. ALEC in Arizona, Common Cause, accessed January 19, 2012
  15. Arizona State Legislature, SB 1466, state legislation, introduced February 3, 2009
  16. American Legislative Exchange Council, Council on Efficient Government Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  17. AP, "Ariz. panel recommend changes for state government", Arizona Daily Star, July 21, 2011
  18. Arizona State Legislature, SCR 1028, [4], state legislation, accessed January 19, 2012
  19. American Legislative Exchange Council Prohibition on Compensation Deductions Act, ALEC Exposed, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, accessed January 19, 2012
  20. ALEC in Arizona, Common Cause, accessed January 19, 2012
  21. Arizona State Legislature, SCR 1058, state legislation, accessed August 31, 2011
  22. American Legislative Exchange Council, Resolution to Restate State Sovereignty, model resolution exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  23. David Safier and Lisa Hoffman, ALEC and the Arizona legislature: State Sovereignty, BlogForArizona.com, August 29, 2011
  24. Arizona State Legislature, HB 2024, [5], state legislation, accessed January 19, 2011
  25. American Legislative Exchange Council, Resolution Opposing Taxpayer Financed Political Campaigns, ALEC Exposed, model resolution exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, accessed January 19, 2012
  26. ALEC in Arizona, Common Cause, accessed January 19, 2012
  27. Arizona State Legislature, [6], [7], state legislation, accessed January 19, 2012
  28. American Legislative Exchange COuncil, The Parental Choice Scholarship Program Act 1, ALEC Exposed, model resolution exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, accessed January 19, 2012
  29. ALEC in Arizona, Common Cause, accessed January 19, 2012
  30. Arizona State Legislature HB 2649, [8], state legislation, accessed January 19, 2011
  31. American Legislative Exchange Council, Voter ID Act, ALEC Exposed, model resolution exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, accessed January 19, 2012
  32. ALEC in Arizona, Common Cause, accessed January 19, 2012
  33. Arizona State Legislature, HB 2745, [9], state legislation, accessed January 19, 2012
  34. American Legislative Exchange Council, Fair and Legal Employment Act, ALEC Exposed, accessed January 19, 2012
  35. ALEC in Arizona, Common Cause, accessed January 19, 2012