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Author: American Legislative Exchange Council

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People spend far too much time looking just at the federal government. The same is true with podcasts. Instead, the discussions hosted on Across the States focus on state issues and state solutions within state capitols, by state legislators and with state policy experts.
The American Legislative Exchange Council is the country's largest voluntary membership organization of state legislators in the United States. It acts as a forum to exchange ideas and develop state-based solutions.
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As part of ALEC’s Women Leadership Series, ALEC Federalism & International Relations Task Force Senior Director Karla Jones and ALEC Health & Human Services Task Force Senior Director Brooklyn Roberts spoke with Elizabeth Blosser, VP of Government Affairs American Land Title Association about how President Biden’s recent pledge threatens property rights, makes homeownership riskier, and undermines state law governing title insurance. Special Guest: Elizabeth Blosser.
As part of ALEC’s Women Leadership Series, ALEC Federalism & International Relations Task Force Senior Director Karla Jones and ALEC Health & Human Services Task Force Senior Director Brooklyn Roberts recently interviewed Deena Loudon, Ambassador at Shatterproof and Mother of Matthew Loudon, and Tina Marie Bell, Mother of Brandon Bell, about dealing with the loss of loved ones to the ongoing fentanyl crisis and emphasizing the need for a comprehensive approach to address the crisis. Special Guests: Deena Loudon and Tina Marie Bell.
In this episode of ALEC's Women Leadership Series, Karla Jones, ALEC Federalism & International Relations Task Force Senior Director, and Brooklyn Roberts, ALEC Health & Human Services Task Force Senior Director, interview Dinara Gabibullaeva, Kiev City Council Member, Chairwoman of Solidarna Molod, and President of the European Democracy Network. Their conversation touched the ongoing challenges impacting Ukraine after the Russian invasion and how the Western world can help support Ukraine maintain its sovereignty. Special Guest: Dinara Gabibullaeva.
Jake Morabito, ALEC Communications & Technology Task Force Director, sits down with Lars Dalseide discussing the challenges of regulating AI while balancing innovation and risk on this ALEC Breakdown. Special Guest: Jake Morabito.
Senior Director of ALEC's Health and Human Services Task Force Brooklyn Roberts & Senior Director of Federalism, Homeland Security and International Relations Karla Jones speak with Kansas State Representatives Carrie Barth and Rebecca Schmoe about Kansas' attempts to prevent and assist the victims of human smuggling. Special Guests: Carrie Barth and Rebecca Schmoe.
Andrew Handel, ALEC Education and Workforce Development Task Force Director, sat down with Lars Dalseide, ALEC Director of Policy Advancement and Media Relations, talking about the recent model policies passed by the task force such as education freedom accounts, adult learning programs, and preserving freedom of speech. Handel also talked about building upon the education freedom movement based on ALEC’s Essential Policy Solutions for 2024.
Nino Marchese, director of both the Criminal Justice and Civil Justice Taskforces at ALEC, sits down with Lars Dalseide to discuss the essential policy solutions both taskforces are focusing on for 2024. Civil justice focuses on lawsuit reform, tort reform, regulatory reform, and donor privacy issues. On the other hand, criminal justice seeks to address the challenges faced by individuals caught in the criminal justice system. The aim is to help these individuals reintegrate into society rather than being trapped in a cycle of criminality. Balancing these two task forces can be challenging, as they require different perspectives and approaches. While they both fall under the domain of judiciary issues, the issues they tackle are unique. The role of the task force director is to keep their focus on separate tracks, even though these tracks are relevant to the judicial system as a whole.
Jonathan Willams, ALEC Executive Vice President of Policy and Chief Economist, sits down with Lars Dalseide on ALEC Breakdown to talk about his recent Detroit News op-ed about the findings from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Growing Michigan Together Council to address the state's slow population growth. Special Guest: Jonathan Williams.
Joe Trotter, ALEC Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force Director, sits down with Lars Dalseide, ALEC Director of Policy Advancement and Media Relations, talking about the 3rd edition of the Energy Affordability Report. Special Guest: Joe Trotter.
Jonathan Williams, ALEC Executive Vice President of Policy and Chief Economist, and Lee Schalk, ALEC Vice President of Policy, talk on ALEC's upcoming policy priorities in 2024 based on the latest essential policy solutions report on this ALEC breakdown. Special Guest: Jonathan Williams.
Joe Trotter, ALEC's Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Director, sits down with Lars Dalseide to discuss the probable causes of the fires in Maui and how President Biden's decision to designate one of America's richest uranium deposits as a national monument severely restricts the country's ability to become energy independent. Special Guest: Joe Trotter.
ALEC Federalism, Homeland Security & International Relations Task Force Senior Director Karla Jones sat down with Colin Grabow, Research Fellow at the CATO Institute Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, to discuss The Jones Act and its implications on maritime commerce and national security. Special Guest: Colin Grabow.
An upcoming ballot measure in Colorado would allow massive expansion in government spending and weaken the Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), the nation’s strongest taxpayer protection. At the tail end of Colorado’s legislative session, Governor Jared Polis signed a property tax bill that now requires voter approval. If approved, TABOR would be gutted in exchange for a small short term cut to property taxes. Known as Proposition HH, this proposal tempts voters with the promise of property tax cuts, while its real purpose is to water-down TABOR’s revenue and spending limits. Ben Murrey, Director of Fiscal Policy at the Independence Institute described the package as a “boondoggle of a property tax plan.” According to The Center Square, it would decrease TABOR refunds by 23%. TABOR is the gold standard for tax and expenditure limits (TELs). Since its adoption by voters as a state constitutional amendment in 1992, it has helped to restrain the growth of government and returned billions of dollars to Colorado taxpayers. The attacks on TABOR aren’t new. The property tax “cut” is only the latest gimmicky attempt to unleash the leviathan of big government on hard-working Coloradans. Special Guest: Nick Stark.
ALEC's Karla Jones speaks with His Excellency Marek Magierowski, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the United States. We are honored to share Karla Jones' thought-provoking conversation with His Excellency Marek Magierowski, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the United States. Their conversation centers on the ongoing war in Ukraine, examining its impact from both a European and, more specifically, a Polish perspective. Poland's historical and geographical proximity to Ukraine has positioned it as a significant stakeholder in the region's stability. This conversation offered an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by Poland and its perspective on the situation. Special Guest: Marek Magierowski.
Know what you're paying when going to the hospital? What a medication cost? What an operation cost? If not then your state probably needs a little health care transparency. Lars Dalseide sits down with ALEC's Health and Human Services Task Force Director Brooklyn Roberts to discuss state actions being taken to promote price transparency for when patients are choosing their health care. Special Guest: Brooklyn Roberts.
Jake Morabito, ALEC Communications and Technology Task Force Director, sat down with Lars Dalseide to discuss comments ALEC submitted to the National Telecommunications & Information Administration’s (NTIA) proposed Artificial Intelligence (AI) Accountability Policy RFC. Special Guest: Jake Morabito.
With smoky skies littering the eastern seaboard, the quality of Canada's forest management policies have come into question. Lars Dalseide sits down with ALEC's Energy, Environment, Agriculture Task Force Director Joe Trotter to discuss the current cloudy situation and how Canada could make better environmental choices. Special Guest: Joe Trotter.
As part of Women’s History Month, ALEC Senior Task Force Director Karla Jones sits down with one of the nation’s foremost experts on international trade Gabriella Beaumont‐Smith of the Cato Institute’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies. They look at the international trade aspects of the ongoing baby formula crisis in the United States. Data shows that there is enough supply of baby formula in the market, so why are parents still seeing empty shelves in stores? Jones and Beaumont-Smith also discuss barriers preventing American parents from freely buying infant formula from safe trading partners that most of us would consider safe such as Canada. Finally, they consider options state government have to ensure their citizens have access to baby food formula. Special Guest: Gabriella Beaumont-Smith.
ALEC Education and Workforce Task Force Director Andrew Handel and ALEC Executive VP of Policy Jonathan Williams host a policy hour on the Education Freedom Moment in the United States. States are reimaging education in their states. ALEC is joined by Sen. Jim Dotson of Arkansas, Sen. Pat Rucker of West Virginia, Speaker Pro Tem. John Wills of Iowa and economist Steve Moore. They discuss universal education savings accounts and other sweeping reforms that are empowering students and their parents. Special Guests: Jonathan Williams, Rep. John Wills, Sen. Jim Dotson (AR), Sen. Pat Rucker, and Stephen Moore.
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