Idaho’s ALEC Infection

by betteridaho

Without a doubt, this bill is copied from the webpage of a corporate-sponsored group that puts profits (way) ahead of people.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a powerful cartel of like-minded CEOs whose singular goal is to make more money.

ALEC writes “model” legislation that can be cut and paste from state legislature to state legislature. The cartel has crafted and peddled legislation for things like the privatization of public lands and the privatization of public schools.

At least one bill in the Idaho Legislature is an ALEC bill. It passed the House on Wednesday.

HB 372:

Defines “auxiliary containers” as: reusable bags, disposable bags, boxes, cups, and bottles which are made of cloth, paper, plastic, extruded polystyrene, or similar materials that are designed for one-time use or for transporting merchandise or food from food and retail facilities.

ALEC “model” legislation (underline shows differences):

Defines “containers” as: reusable bags, disposable bags, boxes, cups, and bottles that are made of cloth, paper, plastic, extruded polystyrene, or similar materials, which are designed for one-time use or for transporting merchandise or food from food and retail facilities.

We have to give Rep. Clark Kauffman, the bill’s sponsor, the benefit of the doubt. Maybe, just maybe, he happened to use the exact same language as ALEC.

Yeah right.

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