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For model legislation crafted and adopted by the International Relations Task Force, go here.

International and Federal Relations Task Force:

According to ALEC, the "members of the International and Federal Relations Task Force (IFRTF) believe in the power of free markets and limited government to propel growth not just in the United States but around the globe. . . . ALEC's. . . policy directives are backed by our members: US state legislators from all 50 states and some of the world's largest corporations."[1]

ALEC offers two levels of "Private Sector" membership in the IFRTF. "Recognizing that some of our private sector members are interested in the task force for the policy opportunities of membership while other private sector members also want the networking opportunities that our international trips offer, we have established two types of IFRTF membership-- Policy Membership which includes all of the policy promotion opportunities available in any other ALEC task force and Ambassador Membership which includes the Policy Membership Benefits as well as one international trip each year. The trip destination will be determined by IFRTF private sector members, and ALEC staff will select the public sector participants with an eye toward including those in leadership positions in their state legislatures."[1]

2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Substantive Agenda

At the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting, the following items were discussed, according to the Program: "One of our newest private sector members will introduce a resolution to counter rogue Internet sites and Member of the European Parliament Roger Helmer will present on the EU's funding of American NGOs and introduce a resolution seeking to counter this influence. Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute will discuss his three step plan to restore state sovereignty and Utah Representative Ken Ivory will offer his insights on how states can protect the U.S. Constitution."[2]

The following pieces of model legislation were introduced:[1]

International:

  • ALEC Resolution to Counter Rogue Internet Sites
  • Hard Science Resolution
  • Trade Agreement Carve Outs (Resolution Upholding Longstanding Policy Maintaining Agriculture Commodities and Product Comprehensiveness of US Trade Agreements)
  • Resolution in Support of Deepening Euro-Atlantic Integration of the Republic of Moldova
  • Resolution against EU Funding of NGOs
  • Resolution Opposing World Bank Lending to Argentina
  • Visa Waiver Status for Taiwan Resolution

Federal:

  • Resolution on the Federal Law Evaluation and Response Act
  • Constitutional Defense Council Legislation
  • Model State Sovereignty Civil Rights Law
  • Sovereign State Interstate Compact"

Subcommittees

  • Federal Relations Working Group[1]

Leaders

Altria Group, formerly Philip Morris, is the world's largest tobacco company. In the U.S. it controls about half of the tobacco market. In 2007, Altria spun off its food division.[4] Altria Group's primary holdings until 2007 included Philip Morris companies as well as Kraft Foods (Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Maxwell House), which it spun off in 2007. Philip Morris International is an international tobacco company that has seven of the top 20 global cigarette brands. In 2010, it had a total revenue of $16.9 billion.[5] Its CEO, Michael Szymancyk, had an annual compensation of $24.1 million in 2010.[6]

Individual Members

Corporate, Trade or Other Group Members

  • Randy Barnett (Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center) addressed the "Repeal Amendment, which gives 2/3 of the state legislatures the power to repeal any federal law or regulation, which would provide a check on federal power" at the December 2010 International Relations Task Force meeting[1]
  • Brandie Davis (Director of U.S. Affairs, Philip Morris International, and Private Sector Chair of the Task Force) introduced the "Hard Science Resolution" and "Trade Agreement Carve Outs" model legislation at the International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Nick Dranias (Director, Center for Constitutional Government, Goldwater Institute, and former attorney with the Institute for Justice) spoke on "A Three Step Plan for Restoring State Sovereignty" and introduced the "Constitutional Defense Council Legislation," "Model State Sovereignty Civil Rights Law" and "Sovereign State Interstate Compact" model legislation at the International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Mark Elliott (Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center) gave a "Presentation on the Erosion of Intellectual Property" at the International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Bob Filippone (Lobbyist, PhRMA), Member[1]
  • Fred Kelly Grant (President, American Stewards of Liberty (a private property rights organization))
  • Andrew Kovalcin (Director of Stakeholder Advocacy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center) introduced the "ALEC Resolution to Counter Rogue Internet Sites" model policy at the International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Robert Natelson (Senior Fellow, Constitutional Jurisprudence, Independence Institute; also a Senior Fellow of the Goldwater Institute) spoke about convening an Article 5 convention at the December 2010 States and Nation Policy Summit International Relations Task Force meeting[1]
  • American Stewards of Liberty (a private property rights organization)[1]
  • Goldwater Institute[1]
  • Independence Institute[1]
  • Philip Morris International[1]
  • PhRMA[1]
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center[1]

Politician Members

  • MEP Martin Callanan (BCP - North East England) presented on EU-US Relations at the International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Paula Caldwell St-Onge (Consul General of Canada, Dallas, Texas) presented on "Energy Security and Economic Competitiveness" at the International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Roger Helmer (Member of the European Parliament representing the United Kingdom's East Midlands region), International Legislator member,[8] introduced the "Resolution Against EU Funding of NGOs" model policy at the International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • MEP Michael Kaminski (PJN - Poland) introduced the "Resolution in Support of Deepening Euro-Atlantic Integration of the Republic of Moldova" model policy at the International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Yeong-jainn "Jeff" Liu (Executive Officer in the Consular Division, Taipei Economic & Cultural Representative Office (TECRO)) presented on the "Visa Waiver Status [of] Taiwan" at the International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • MEP Emma McClarkin (CP - East Midlands) presented on EU-US Relations at the International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rose Sager (Trade Representative for the Kingdom of Bahrain, Embassy of Bahrain) presented on the "Current Situation in Bahrain" at the International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Sue Allen (R-MO 92), Member[1]
  • Rep. Paul Bandy (R-NM 3), Guest at December 2010 meeting[1]
  • Former Sen. Robert Burns (R-AZ 9), Member[1]
  • Sen. Cale Case (R-WY 25), Member[1]
  • Rep. Justin Davis (R-SD 23), Guest at December 2010 meeting[1]
  • Billy Hewes, III (R-MS), Former Public Sector Chair[9] and MO State Chairman

[10]

  • Rep. Calvin Hill, Jr. (R-GA 21), Member[1]
  • Speaker William (Bill) Howell (R-VA 28), Member[1]
  • Rep. Eric Hutchings (R-UT 38), Guest at December 2010 meeting[1]
  • Assembly Member Brian Kolb (R,I,C-NY 129), Member[1]
  • Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-VA 67), Member[1]
  • Sen. Stephen Martin (R-VA 11), Member[1]
  • Former Rep. Dolores Mertz (D-IA), Guest at December 2010 meeting[1]
  • Rep. Peggy Mast (R-KS 76), Member[1]
  • Sen. Wayne Niederhauser (R-UT 9), Member[1]
  • William (Bill) H. Payne (R-NM) (New Mexico State Senate Minority Whip, retired Rear Admiral (SEAL) in the United States Navy, former Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans and Policy, U.S. Central Command)[11]
  • Rep. Deb Peters (R-SD 9), Member[1]
  • Rep. John Piscopo (R-CT 76), Member[1]
  • Rep. Cary Smith (R-MO 55), Guest at December 2010 meeting[1]
  • Sen. Giles Ward (R-MS 18), Member[1]
  • Rep. C. Gene Whisnant (R-OR 53), Member[1]
  • Curt Bramble (R-UT), Member (2009), Member (also on ALEC's Board of Directors and a State Chair)[12][13][14]
  • Rep. Matt Dean (R-52B), ALEC Member
  • Dan Flynn (TX -R), Member[15]
  • Sen. Pam Galloway (R-29), Member
  • Rep. Andre Jacque (R-2), Member
  • Shane Jett (OK-R), Member
  • Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer (R - 16B), State Chairman, Member[16]
  • Rep. Stephen Nass (R-31), Member
  • Former Sen. Jim Ritchie (SC; Owner, Ritchie & Associates, LLC), former Member[17]
  • Gene Ward (HI-R), Member (2009)[18]
  • Sen. John B. Coghill, Jr. (AK R-F), Member
  • Rep. Kirk D. Adams (AZ R-19, vacated seat 4-28-2011), Member
  • Rep. Jack W. Harper (AZ R-4)[19], Member
  • Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ R-9, Majority Whip)[19], ALEC State Chairman[20], Member[1]
  • Rep. Jerry Nathan Bell (AR R-22), Member
  • Rep. Jonathan D. Barnett (AR R-97), Member
  • Rep. Justin T. Harris (AR R-87), Member
  • Rep. Penny Bacchiochi (CN R-52), Member[1]
  • Rep. Scott Plakon (FL R-37), Member
  • Rep. Ben L. Harbin (GA R-118), Member
  • Rep. Gerald E. Greene (GA R-149), Member
  • Rep. Josh S. Clark (GA R-98), Member
  • Rep. Paulette Rakestraw-Braddock (GA R-19), Member
  • Sen. Cecil P. Staton (GA R-18)[19], Member
  • Sen. Ronnie W. Chance (GA R-16), Member
  • Rep. Gene R. Ward (HI R-17)[19], Member
  • Rep. Renee Kosel (IL R-81), Member
  • Rep. Darlene J. Senger (IL R-96), Member
  • Sen. Matt Murphy (IL R-27), Member
  • Rep. Richard McClain (IN R-24), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member & International Relations Task Force Member
  • Rep. Thomas E. Saunders (IN R-54), Member
  • Rep. P. Eric Turner (IN R-32), Member
  • Rep. Richard T. Anderson (IA R-97), Member
  • Rep. Stewart E. Iverson, Jr. (IA R-5), Member
  • Rep. Lance Kinzer (KS R-14)[21] Civil Justice Task Force and International Relations Task Force Member
  • Rep. Marc Rhoades (KS R-72)[22][21], Member
  • Rep. Addia K. Wuchner (KY R-66), Member
  • Sen. John Schickel (KY R-11), Member
  • Sen. Christopher W. Rector (ME R-22), Member
  • Rep. Matt Dean (MN R-52B), Member
  • Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer (MN R - 16B), State Chairman[23] and International Relations Task Force Member
  • Rep. Rita R. Martinson (MS R-58), Member
  • Rep. William Gardner Hewes, III (MS R-49), Member
  • Rep. Shelley Keeney (MO R-156), Member
  • Rep. Jerry Nolte (MO R-33), Member
  • Sen. Jim Lembke (MO R-1), Member
  • Sen. Mark R. Christensen (NE 44), Member
  • Sen. Tanya Cook (NE 13), Member
  • Rep. Robert L. Theberge (NH D-4), Member
  • Rep. Larry A. Larranaga (NM R-27), Member
  • Sen. William H. Payne (NM R-20), International Relations and Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member
  • Rep. Thom Tillis (NC R-98), Member
  • Rep. Tim Moffitt (NC R-116), International Relations Task Force Member and Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force Alternate, introduced the "Resolution Opposing World Bank Lending to Argentina" model policy at the International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Mike R. Nathe (ND R-30), Member
  • Sen. Dick Dever (ND R-32), Member
  • Sen. Robert Stenehjem (ND R-30, deceased July 18, 2011[24]), Member
  • Rep. Glen W. Mulready (OK R-68), Member
  • Sen. Ron G. Justice (OK R-23), Member
  • Rep. Katerina E. Brewer (OR R-29), Member
  • Rep. Liston Barfield (SC R-58), Member, introduced "Visa Waiver Stats for Taiwan Resolution" model policy at the International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Sen. Raymond E. Cleary III (SC R-34), ALEC State Chairman[25] and International Relations Task Force Member
  • Sen. James H. Ritchie, Jr. (SC R-13), Member
  • Rep. Valentine Rausch (SD R-4), Alternate[1]
  • Rep. Fred W. Romkema (SD R-31), Member
  • Sen. Corey Brown (SD R-23), Alternate
  • Sen. Jeffrey K. Haverly (SD R-35), Alternate[1]
  • Rep. Mark White (TN R-83), Member
  • Rep. Phillip Max Johnson (TN R-78), Member
  • Rep. Ryan A. Haynes (TN R-14), Member
  • Rep. Tracy O. King (TX D-80), Member
  • Rep. Ryan Guillen (TX D-31), Member
  • Rep. Randy Weber (TX R-29), Member
  • Rep. Chris N. Herrod (UT R-62), Member, Federal Relations Working Group, introduced "Resolution on the Federal Law Evaluation and Response Act" model legislation at the International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Rep. Ken Ivory (UT R-47 and Executive Director, Where's the Line America? Foundation), Member, Federal Relations Working Group, spoke on "Where's the Line? How States Protect the Constitution" at the International and Federal Relations Task Force meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[1]
  • Sen. Curt Bramble (UT R-16), ALEC State Chairman[26] and International Relations Task Force Member[1]
  • Sen. Mark B. Madsen (UT R-13), Member
  • Sen. Don Benton (WA R-17), ALEC State Chairman[27] and International Relations Task Force Member
  • Sen. Val Stevens (WA R-39),[22] Member
  • Sen. Pamela Jean Roach (WA R-31), Member
  • Rep. Andre Jacque (WI R-2), Member
  • Rep. Stephen Nass (WI R-31), Member
  • Sen. Pam Galloway (WI R-29), Member

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  12. American Legislative Exchange Council Inside ALEC Nov./Dec. 2009, organization newsletter, November/December 2009, p. 6 This page has been altered by ALEC and is no longer available. It is on file with the CMD.
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  29. American Legislative Exchange Council Karla Jones, organization bio, accessed May 27, 2011 This page has been altered by ALEC, and is no longer accessible. A web archive exists here last archive, December 27th, 2011.
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