More ALEC Stealth Legislation: The Fun Never Stops
Just when you think ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) couldn't possibly have any more hidden corporate agendas to push, they find yet another one. Their M.O. is to circumvent the legislative process by mass-mailing jillions of already-written bills (or “model legislation” as they like to call it) to rightwing state legislators all over the country. These targeted legislators — hereafter referred to as ALEC prostitutes — will then “introduce” these bills to the legislature, as written; as ordered by their ALEC johns. In red states, and some swing states, these bills are voted into law en masse. And the ALEC cancer continues to spread throughout the country.
Stand Your Ground laws, voter suppression laws, laws requiring laid-off workers to pass a drug test before they can qualify for unemployment insurance, Ag Gag laws which shield factory farms from any kind of outside scrutiny, laws that are designed to sabotage renewable energy development — these are just a few of the state laws that have been mass-produced through the above-mentioned ALEC M.O.
And now the latest corporate giveaway from the ALEC stealthbags: state laws that prohibit municipalities from providing broadband Internet access. We wouldn't want Comcast and Verizon to suffer from any sort of competition now, would we?
The linked article includes a petition asking the FCC to preempt these ALEC-funded state laws so that cities will be allowed to provide their residents with Internet access. Please sign.