Posted 2 years ago on Feb. 25, 2012, 5:03 a.m. EST by GirlFriday
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"We ought to, as legislators, craft our own bills coming from what's important to the people of Minnesota," Sen. Terry Bonoff, a Minnetonka Democrat, told reporters Friday.
Governor Dayton raised the ALEC connection two weeks earlier, while explaining his veto of four civil lawsuit reform bills that had been opposed by a State Supreme Court task force.
"Three of the four bills come right from this manual, the Tort Reform Boot Camp, published by the American Legislative exchange council, or ALEC."
Common Cause of Minnesota released a report earlier in the month showing side-by-side comparisons of ALEC model bills and those introduced by the Republican majority in the Minnesota legislature.
In some cases the language is paraphrased, or incorporated into local bills that take into consideration Minnesota's existing laws. But in other cases entire phrases and paragraphs are copied verbatim. http://www.kare11.com/news/article/963978/391/Model-bills-become-point-of-contention-at-Minn-Capitol?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Cbc%7Clarge