Many are familiar with ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council). ALEC is a corporate-backed organization which produces conservative model bills that lawmakers can customize for their own communities and states. ALEC model legislation includes controversial restrictive Voter ID laws being passed by various states as well as ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws. ALEC has been around for nearly 40 years and is responsible for some 200 such model bills becoming law each year. While most of us have heard of ALEC, how many have heard of ALICE?
The American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange, or ALICE, is a one-stop, web-based public library of progressive state and local laws. Call it an antidote to decades of ALEC-based lawmaking. ALICE currently has more 1,500 model laws, exemplary laws and supporting research documents on their website. Now, the Public Leadership Institute, in collaboration with ALICE, has produced a policy book — the Progressive Agenda for States and Localities — that is designed to provide a menu of ideas for smart, new legislation on a very wide range of issues.
What they need most at this point is for their book to get into the hands of as many progressive lawmakers as possible–from city or county councils/commissions to state legislatures. Please make sure that your favorite progressive lawmakers have the means to push back with a copy of the Progressive Agenda for States and Localities. You can download/share a link to a .PDF version of the book here and you can also request printed copies here.
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