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Aug 10, 2015

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  1. 1. The Voice Of Corporate Special Interests in the Halls of New Jerseys Legislature In NEW JERSEY
  2. 2. 1/47 CONTENTS CONTENTS.....................................................................................................................................................1 EXECUTIVESUMMARY..................................................................................................................................3 KEYFINDINGS............................................................................................................................................3 WHATISALEC...............................................................................................................................................5 ALECLEGISLATORSINNEWJERSEY...............................................................................................................7 ATHOMEINNEWJERSEY:ALECCORPORATEFUNDERS..............................................................................9 Bayer.....................................................................................................................................................9 Celgene..................................................................................................................................................9 DaiichiSankyo.....................................................................................................................................10 Honeywell...........................................................................................................................................10 Novartis...............................................................................................................................................10 OrchidCellmark...................................................................................................................................10 PrudentialFinancial.............................................................................................................................11 Sanofi..................................................................................................................................................11 Verizon................................................................................................................................................11 LEGISLATIONWITHALECDNAINNEWJERSEY...........................................................................................13 ANTIWORKERRIGHTS............................................................................................................................13 A136...................................................................................................................................................13 A1476/A1506/SR11.........................................................................................................................15 ATTACKSONPUBLICEDUCATION...........................................................................................................15 A980...................................................................................................................................................16 A981/S807........................................................................................................................................16 A1507/S803......................................................................................................................................17 A1961.................................................................................................................................................19 A2828/S1779andS504...................................................................................................................19 A2869/S1929....................................................................................................................................23 SILENCINGDEMOCRACYANDSUPPRESSINGTHEVOTE.........................................................................24 ACR103...............................................................................................................................................25 HIJACKINGCONSUMERRIGHTS/TORTREFORM.....................................................................................27 A894...................................................................................................................................................27
  3. 3. 2/47 A966/S1628......................................................................................................................................28 A1806.................................................................................................................................................29 A2473/S480......................................................................................................................................29 A3600.................................................................................................................................................31 A3333/S2855....................................................................................................................................32 A3599.................................................................................................................................................33 ANTIIMMIGRATION...............................................................................................................................34 A322/S164........................................................................................................................................34 A879/S240........................................................................................................................................40 DISMANTLINGENVIRONMENTALREGULATIONS...................................................................................44 A1500/S276......................................................................................................................................45 ENDNOTES...................................................................................................................................................46
  4. 4. 3/47 EXECUTIVESUMMARY ThisreportdocumentsthefootprintthattheAmericanLegislativeExchangeCouncil(ALEC)hashadin NewJerseyinrecentyears.ALECsimpactinstatelegislaturesacrossthecountrycannotbe underestimated.Thiscorporatefunded501(c)(3)organizationhasbeenoperatingandexpandingsince itsinceptionin1973,and,withitsstructureofhavingcorporationsandpoliticiansvoteasequalson modelbills,itgivescorporatelobbyistsunprecedentedaccesstolawmakersandtothecompositionof thebillstheyintroduce. ALECanditsmembershavepushedlegislationthatwouldmoveNewJerseybackward,notforwardina positivedirection.ThisagendaisprimarilybasedonpecuniaryrewardsforALECscorporatefunders, anditsideologicalunderpinningsharmeverydaycitizens. OutofNewJerseys120statelegislators,11havedocumentedtiestoALECsleadershipstructures:6in the80memberGeneralAssembly,and5inthe40memberSenate.i Thisminorityii hashadgreat successinintroducingALECmodels,butthankfullytheyhaveseenlittlemovementtowardpassingthose billsintolaw. KEYFINDINGS Thekeyfindingsofthisreportinclude: ! ALECmodelbillsintroducedacrossthecountryhavedevastatingeffectsonworkers,students, voters,consumers,immigrants,andourabilitytoenjoycleanairandwater. ! ALEChasflourishedinRepublicandominatedstates,butithasalessobviouspresenceinNew JerseysDemocraticcontrolledstatelegislature.However,RepublicanGovernorChrisChristies formerChiefofStaff,RichardBagger,servedonALECsPrivateEnterpriseBoardinatleast2002 and2004onbehalfofPfizer.iii BaggernowworksforCelgeneCorporation,anotherALEC funder,iv v andwasnominatedbytheGovernortobeapaidCommissioneronthePortAuthority ofNewYorkandNewJersey,vi confirmedonJune28,2012.vii NewJerseysALECpublicsector cochairsviii areAssemblymanJayWebber(R26)andSenatorSteveOroho(R24). ! DespitetheirclaimsthatALECdoesnotlobbyinanystate,theorganizationtracksthestatus ofitsmodelbillsinlegislaturesandsendsitsemployeestotestifyinsupportofitsbillsinstate housesacrossthecountry,inadditiontomaterialsthatitregularlytransmitstolegislators.This reportexaminesthelegislativehistoriesoftheNewJerseymemberswithwhichALEChasties andthemodellegislationthathasbeenintroduced,attimeswordforword,ordangerously closetoit. ! InresponsetoALECsextremeagenda,corporationsix andlawmakersx havedroppedALECin recentmonths.InNewJersey: o September13,2012Merck&Co.,foundedin1891andbasedinWhitehouseStation, NewJerseyxi
  5. 5. 4/47 o August16,2012ReckittBenckiser,createdbymergerin1999,UShomeinParsippany, NewJerseyxii o July13,2012St.Louis,MissouribasedExpressScripts,whichoperatesMedco, foundedin1983andbasedinFranklinLakes,NewJerseyxiii o June12,2012Johnson&Johnson,foundedin1886andbasedinNewBrunswick,New Jerseyxiv ThisreportconcludesthatNewJerseybasedcorporationsxv andNewJerseylegislatorswith ALECtiesxvi shouldfollowtheleadofMerck&Co.,ReckittBenckiser,ExpressScripts,and Johnson&Johnsonanddothesame.
  6. 6. 5/47 WHATISALEC TheAmericanLegislativeExchangeCouncil(ALEC)wasfoundedin1973asaclearinghousetopromote legislationatthestatelevel,andithassincedevelopedintoahighlyprominentlobbyingvehiclefor hundredsoftheUS'sleadingcorporations.AccordingtotheCenterforMediaandDemocracy,over98% ofALECsannualrevenuecomesfromcorporationsandsourcesotherthanlegislativedues.Atnational ALECconferencesatposhresorts,atleastthreetimesayear,statelegislatorsmeetwithindustry lobbyiststodiscusspolicyandvoteonmodellegislation,whichisthenpromotedbyALECtoadvancea corporatelegislativeagenda. Organizedaroundeighttaskforces xviii xvii concernedwithissuesincludingTaxandFiscalPolicyand CommerceALECenablescorporatelobbyiststopromotetheiragendatoapproximately2,000 legislatorsfromall50states,allwhileavoidingpublicscrutinyandbenefitingfromtremendo
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