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ALEC is corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. ALEC legislative leaders are tasked with a duty to get the bills introduced and passed; ALEC members introduce the bills in statehouses as their own brilliant ideas—without disclosing that corporations pre-voted on them with politicians behind closed doors at ALEC resort meetings. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, and more than 20% become legally binding. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. It might be right. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.


For model legislation crafted and adopted by the Civil Justice Task Force, go here.

Civil Justice Task Force:

2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Substantive Agenda

From the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Program: "Focusing on tort reform as a means to economic stability, Civil Justice Task Force members will hear about numerous innovative legal reforms. On the agenda are reforms tried in Texas and Florida this year; the Phantom Damages Elimination Act, which seeks to align economic damages in medical cases with prices actually paid as opposed to sticker prices; legislation geared toward promoting best practices in selection of judges for those states with 'merit selection' systems; and legislation creating a legislation safe harbor for employers voluntarily creating and setting employment standards. The Task Force will also hear presentations about recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that may affect state tort systems and about troubling 'lawsuit lending' practices. With the intent to explore the policy arena of workers' compensation, Task Force members will also hear an introductory presentation to spark what we hope will be a constructive conversation.[1]

New model legislation introduced for adoption include:

  • "The Phantom Damages Elimination Act" (by Cary Silverman of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP), [2]
  • "The Promoting Merit in 'Merit Selection' Act" (by Page Faulk of the US Chamber of Commerce) [2]
  • "The Employer Good Faith and Safe Harbor Act" (by Rep. Marvin Kleeb of Kansas' District 48).[2]

Co-Chairs

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP is an international law firm with branches in the United States and internationally, with headquarters in Kansas City, MO. Shook, Hardy & Bacon has expertise in corporate litigation related to climate change, nanotechnology and pressures on global water supplies as well as in tort reform. They represent coal and other energy industry companies in efforts to prevent the enacment of legislation to curb carbon pollution.[5] Philip Morris, now Altria Group, is a longtime client;[6] as are pharmaceutical companies Eli Lily and Company, Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi-Aventis, Guidant and Wyeth;[7] Sprint Nextel;[8] and Microsoft.[9] In 2010, Shook, Hardy & Bacon's PAC gave $5,400 to Republicans and $500 to Democrats.[10] In addition to Victor Schwartz's active participation in ALEC activities, fellow partners Mark Behrens and Phil Goldberg have been Advisors to ALEC's Civil Justice Task Force.[11][12]

Individual Members

Corporate, Trade or Other Group Members

  • Christopher E. Appel (Attorney, Public Policy Group, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP), Advisor[13]
  • Mark A. Behrens (Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP), Advisor[14]
  • Kirk Dillard (Illinois State Senator and Partner, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP), Chair, 2008 Civil Justice Task Force Spring Summit[15]
  • Page Faulk (Vice President, US Chamber of Commerce[16]), presented "The Promoting Merit in 'Merit Selection' Act" model legislation at Civil Justice Task Force Meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA[2]
  • Matt Fullenbaum (Director of Legislation, American Tort Reform Association), presented Civil Justice State Legislative Reform Update at Civil Justice Task Force Meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA[2]
  • Trey Gillespie (Senior Workers Compensation Director, Property Casualty Insurers of America[17]), presented "Exploring Workers' Compensation" at Civil Justice Task Force Meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA[2]
  • Phil Goldberg (Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP), Advisor[18]
  • William Large (President, Florida Justice Reform Institute[19]), presented "Victories and Insights from Florida" at Civil Justice Task Force Meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA[2]
  • G. Edward Pickle (Senior Government Affairs Counsel, Shell Oil Company), Member[20]
  • Cary Roberts (Partner, Casteel and Roberts Lobbying Firm), presented "Update and Ideas from the Lone Star State" at Civil Justice Task Force Meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA[2]
  • Charles E. Ross (Shareholder Attorney, Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A.), Advisor, former "Public Sector Advisor"[21]
  • Oriana Senatore (Special Counsel, US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform[22]), presented "Lawsuit Lending Around the Country" at Civil Justice Task Force Meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA[2]
  • Cary Silverman (Counsel, Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP[23]), presented "The Phantom Damages Elimination Act" model legislation at Civil Justice Task Force Meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA[2]
  • American Tort Reform Association[2]
  • Casteel and Roberts Lobbying Firm (Austin, Texas)[2]
  • Florida Justice Reform Institute[2]
  • Center for America (Formerly the Foundation for Fair and Civil Justice)[24]
  • National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), Member[25]
  • Property Casualty Insurers of America[2]
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP[2]
  • US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform[2]
  • US Chamber of Commerce[2]

Politician Members

  • Justin Amash (R-MI), Member[26]
  • Rep. Jan Angel (R-WA), Member (2009-2010)[27]
  • Judge Richard A. Bandstra (Michigan 3rd Court of Appeals through January 2003), Former "Public Sector Chairman" (year unknown) when he was a Michigan state representative from Grand Rapids (1985-1994)[28]
  • Gregory A. Brower (United States Attorney for the District of Nevada, former Nevada State Legislator), Former Member[29]
  • Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R-28B), Member
  • Sen. Adam Driggs (R-AZ), Member[30]
  • Rep. Mike Endsley (R-26), Member
  • Del. William (Bill) Howell (R-VA), Former "Public Sector Chairman" (2010)[31]
  • Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-33), Member
  • Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-KS), Civil Justice Task Force Executive Committee member[32]
  • Marvin Kleeb (R-KS), Member,[33] presented "The Employer Good Faith and Safe Harbor Act" at Civil Justice Task Force Meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA[2]
  • Rep. Mike Kuglitsch, Member
  • Rep. Michael R. O'Neal (R-KS), Member[34]
  • Sen. Debra Plowman (R-ME), Member[35]
  • Scott Pruitt (Oklahoma Attorney General, former Republican State Senator of Oklahoma),[36] Former "Public Sector Chairman" (2004)[37]
  • Sen. Dennis D. Pyle (R-KS), Member[38]
  • Sen. Rich Zipperer (R-33), Member
  • Rep. Carl J. Gatto (AK R-13), Member
  • Rep. Eddie Farnsworth (AZ R-22), Member
  • Rep. David Burnell Smith (AZ R-7), Member
  • Rep. J. Ted Vogt (AZ R-30), Member
  • Sen. Andy Biggs (AZ R-22, Majority Leader), membership exp. 12-31-2010, Member
  • Sen. Adam Driggs (AZ R-11), Member[39]
  • Sen. Don Shooter (AZ R-24), Member
  • Rep. Ann Clemmer (AR R-29)[40], Member
  • Rep. Ann V. Clemmer (AR R-29), Member
  • Rep. Duncan Baird (AR R-95), Member
  • Rep. Jon S. Eubanks (AR R-84), Member
  • Rep. Russell David Carter (AR R-48), Member
  • Sen. Gilbert R. Baker (AR R-30), Member
  • Sen. Jeremy Young Hutchinson (AR R-22), Member
  • Rep. Robert S. Gardner (CO R-21), Member
  • Rep. Mark Waller (CO R-15), Member
  • Sen. Bill Cadman (CO R-10), State Chairman[41], Member
  • Rep. Christie Carpino (CN R-32), Member
  • Rep. David K. Labriola (CN R-131), Member
  • Rep. John T. Shaban (CN R-135), Member
  • Rep. Doug Collins (GA R-27), Member
  • Rep. Edward H. Lindsey, Jr. (GA R-54), Member
  • Sen. Jesse Stone (GA R-23), Member
  • Sen. William Hamrick (GA R-30), Member
  • Rep. Tom Cross (IL R-84), Member
  • Rep. Chapin Rose (IL R-110), Member
  • Sen. Kirk W. Dillard (IL R-24), Member
  • Rep. Brian Bosma (IN R-88)[42], ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member and Member
  • Rep. Richard A. Dodge (IN R-51), Member
  • Rep. William C. Friend (IN R-23), Member
  • Sen. Kim Pearson (IA R-42), Member
  • Sen. James A. Seymour (IA R-28), Member
  • Rep. Lance Kinzer (KS R-14)[43], Member and International Relations Task Force
  • Rep. Joe Patton (KS R-54), Member
  • Rep. Rob Bruchman (KS R-20), Member
  • Sen. Mary Pilcher Cook (KS R-10)[40], Member
  • Sen. Ray S. Jones, II (KY D-31), Member
  • Sen. Robert Stivers (KY R-25), Member
  • Rep. George "Greg" Cromer (LA R-90), State Chairman[44], Member
  • Rep. Timothy G. Burns (LA R-89), Member
  • Rep. Fred H. Mills, Jr. (LA R-22), Member
  • Sen. Jack L. Donahue, Jr. (LA R-11), Member
  • Sen. Debra Plowman (ME R-33), Member[45]
  • Sen. Christopher Shank (MD R-2), State Chairman[46], Member
  • Former Rep. Richard A. Bandstra (MI R-Grand Rapids, 1985-1994, Michigan 3rd Court of Appeals through January 2003), Former "Public Sector Chairman," Member[47]
  • Rep. Eileen Kowall (MI R-44), Member
  • Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (MI R-20), State Chairman[48], Member
  • Rep. Steve Drazkowski (MN R-28B), Member
  • Rep. Joey E. Fillingane (MS R-41), Member
  • Rep. William C. Denny, Jr. (MS R-64), Member
  • Rep. Elton Gregory Snowden (MS R-83), Member
  • Sen. Briggs Hopson, III (MS R-23), Member
  • Sen. Jerry R. Turner (MS R-18), Member
  • Rep. Stanley Cox (MO R-118)[40], Member
  • Rep. Vicki Schneider (MO R-17), Member
  • Sen. Brian D. Nieves (MO R-98), Member
  • Sen. Robert Mayer (MO R-25), Member
  • Rep. David Howard (MT R-60)[40], Member
  • Rep. Ken Peterson (MT R-46)[40], Member
  • Rep. Tom McGillvray (MT R-50), Member
  • Rep. Amy Stasia Perkins (NH R-14), Member
  • Rep. Lawrence B. Perkins, Jr. (NH R-14), Member
  • Sen. Sharon M. Carson (NH R-14), Member
  • Rep. Dennis J. Kintigh (NM R-57), Member
  • Sen. Rod Adair (NM R-33), Member
  • Rep. Hugh Allen Blackwell (NC R-86), Member
  • Rep. Paul B. Stam, Jr. (NC R-37), Member
  • Rep. Dwight W. Wrangham (ND R-8), Member
  • Rep. Kim Koppelman (ND R-13), Member
  • Rep. Randy G. Boehning (ND R-27), Member
  • Rep. Matt Huffman (OH R-4), Member
  • Rep. William P. Coley, II (OH R-55), Member
  • Sen. William Seitz (OH R-8), Co-Chair, moderated "Legislative Victories and Prospects for 2012" Roundtable Discussion at Civil Justice Task Force Meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA[2]
  • Rep. Colby Schwartz (OK R-43), Member
  • Rep. Gus R. Blackwell (OK R-61), Member
  • Rep. Lisa Johnson-Billy (OK R-42), Member
  • Rep. Mark E. McCullough (OK R-30), Member
  • Sen. Jonathan Nichols (OK R-15), Member
  • Rep. Jason Conger (OR R-54), Member
  • Rep. Matthew Wand (OR R-49), Member
  • Rep. Wally Hicks (OR R-3), Member
  • Rep. Jimmy C. Bales (SC D-80), Member
  • Rep. Thad T . Viers (SC R-68), Member
  • Rep. Brian Gosch (SD R-32), Member
  • Rep. Jon Hansen (SD R-25), Member
  • Rep. Roger W. Hunt (SD R-10), Member
  • Rep. Stacey V. Nelson (SD R-25), Member
  • Rep. Barrett W. Rich (TN R-94), Member
  • Rep. Kelly Keisling (TN R-38), Member
  • Rep. Vance Dennis (TN R-71), Member
  • Sen. Brian K. Kelsey (TN R-31), Member
  • Sen. Mark S. Norris (TN R-32), Member
  • Rep. Todd Smith (TX R-92), Member
  • Rep. Todd Hunter (TX R-32), Member
  • Rep. Mike W. Hamilton (TX R-19), Member
  • Rep. Larry Phillips (TX R-62), Member
  • Rep. Byron Cook (TX R-8), Member
  • Sen. Stephen H. Urquhart (UT R-29), Member
  • Sen. Michael G. Waddoups (UT R-6), Member
  • Speaker William (Bill) Howell (VA R-28), ALEC Board of Directors[49] and Civil Justice Task Force Member
  • Del. William R. Janis (VA R-56), Member
  • Del. Lacey E. Putney (VA I-19), Member
  • Rep. Matt Shea (WA R-4), Member
  • Sen. Linda Evans Parlette (WA R-12), Member
  • Del. Larry Douglas Kump (WA R-52), Member
  • Rep. Mike Endsley (WI R-26), Member
  • Rep. Chris Kapenga (WI R-33), Member
  • Rep. Mike Kuglitsch (WI R-84), Member
  • Sen. Rich Zipperer (WI R-33), Member

Staff

About ALEC

ALEC is corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. ALEC legislative leaders are tasked with a duty to get the bills introduced and passed; ALEC members introduce the bills in statehouses as their own brilliant ideas—without disclosing that corporations pre-voted on them with politicians behind closed doors at ALEC resort meetings. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, and more than 20% become legally binding. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. It might be right. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.


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