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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, July 07, 2016 8:38 am

ALEC to hold national meeting in Indianapolis

Niki Kelly | The Journal Gazette

The American Legislative Exchange Council is having its 43rd annual meeting in Indianapolis July 27 to 29.

The nonpartisan group is an organization of legislators from around the country focusing on limited government, free markets and federalism.

ALEC pushes model legislation nationwide, including efforts in the past to institute voter ID, Stand Your Ground, fracking and Right to Work laws.

The Indiana state chairs are Rep. David Wolkins, R-Warsaw, and Rep. David Frizzell, R-Indianapolis.

The group comes with its share of controversy, as it has been criticized for accepting private corporate donations to push specific legislation. ALEC is legally a tax-exempt charity.

The agenda for the upcoming meeting includes discussion of model legislation relating to online lodging marketplaces -- aka Airbnb -- as well as a Next Generation Charter Schools Act.

There are also dinners, receptions, work sessions, speeches and a tour of Camp Atterbury planned.