Map: ALEC's Influence in Your State

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is known for writing model legislation with major industries on controversial topics like immigration, hydraulic fracturing, and "Stand Your Ground" laws. During the 2011-2012 legislative session, 132 ALEC model bills were introduced in the states, 90% of which were sponsored by Republican lawmakers.

Use the map below to explore how many and which ALEC model bills were introduced in your state during the 2011-2012 legislative session, as well as the percentage of your state's legislators who are members of ALEC.

For more information, read the article by Molly Jackman, "ALEC’s Influence over Lawmaking in State Legislatures" »


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Sources: Legislation data compiled by Molly Jackman of the Brookings Institution. Membership data from internal ALEC documents made public by The Guardian. "N/A" indicates illegible figures in the ALEC documents.

Metholodogy: From the ALEC Exposed database, Jackman collected information on the 169 model bills that they tag as most significant, covering each of the nine ALEC task force areas. Using the text from those 169 model bills, she used Boolean string searches in LEXIS to find bills with the same language that were introduced in the 2011-2012 legislative session. In total, 132 bills were recovered.

SUMMARY

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is known for writing model legislation with major industries and then encouraging their introduction – through their legislative partners – in statehouses nationwide.

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