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Keller Recounts National Gathering of State Legislators - ALEC

Wasilla Rep. joined 1500 state-level elected officials to discuss critical issues

Monday, August 16, 2010, Wasilla, Alaska Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, recently represented Alaska at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) 37th Annual Meeting, held in San Diego, Calif., August 5 – 8. Nearly 1,500 state legislators, policy experts, and private-sector leaders from across the United States attended three days of intensive discussions on the critical issues facing the states and our nation.

State legislators shared their knowledge and experiences with one another and heard from national leaders and renowned policy experts who share their commitment to common sense, free markets, and federalism. This year’s Annual Meeting featured Gov. Rick Perry of Texas; former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN); Randall Stephenson, President and CEO of AT&T; Greg Babe, President and CEO of Bayer Corporation; John Fund, columnist at The Wall Street Journal; Scott Rasmussen, President of Rasmussen Reports; Ed Royce, Representative from California; Lynn Salo, VP Allergan Medical US Breast Aesthetics Division; and Cal Thomas, syndicated columnist. Many other scholars, legislators, and business leaders spoke at various meetings throughout the event. 

“I found it very interesting to listen to other state legislators express their concerns about the current economic problems they are facing,” Keller said. “Past spending sprees in their states are now coming back to haunt many of them. Without specifics, they offered insight in how we in Alaska need to start looking at our budgets to assure that we don’t face similar concerns in the future.”

Most of the business conducted at ALEC occurs in one of its nine Task Forces which include; Health and Human Services; Energy, Environment, and Agriculture; Education; Tax and Fiscal Policy; Public Safety and Elections; Civil Justice; Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development; Telecommunications and Information Technology; and International Relations. These Task Forces have considered, written, and approved hundreds of model bills, offering real policy solutions for states on a wide range of issues. Each year, state legislatures consider close to 1,000 bills that are based, at least in part, on ALEC Model Legislation. Hundreds of these bills are enacted every year.

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