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(This page includes tips from reporters, citizens journalists, and others identifying Missouri bills (introduced or passed) that resemble ALEC model legislation. CMD encourages the use of this forum and encourages further detailed research to verify all claims.)

  • Proposition C - ALEC openly bragged in a press release that the state of Missouri passed Proposition C, also known as the "Health Care Freedom Act," based on its model bill titled "Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act", and which conflicts with a key provision in the new federal health care law that requires people to have health insurance or pay fines by 2014.[1][2]
  • HB255 - The “Private Attorney Retention Act” - Rep. Stanley Cox (R-Sedalia publicly acknowledged that "his" legislation, titled the "Private Attorney Retention Act," was modeled on an ALEC proposal titled the "Private Attorney Retention Sunshine Act," which ALEC created out of concern about fees paid to private lawyers as a result of the Master Settlement Agreement with tobacco companies (despite the fact that ALEC claims to support private enterprise).[3][4][5]
  • SB1 (effective August 28, 2011) "Bars employers from requiring employees to engage in or cease engaging in certain labor practices" (2011 Sponsor: Sen. Luann Ridgeway; 2010 sponsor: Sen. Jason Crowell: 2005 sponsor: Rep. Steve Hunter)[7] is similar to ALEC's "Right to Work Act"[8][9][2]
  • HB 393 (2011) "Parent Empowerment and Choice Act"[10] is similar to ALEC's "Parent Trigger Act"[11][12][2]
  • HB 1282 (died in committee 2002) "Common Sense Scientific and Technical Evidence Act."[13] Compare to ALEC's "Common Sense Scientific and Technical Evidence Act."[14][15]
  • SJR 29 (tabled 5/14/10) "relating to the revenue-neutral replacement of state taxes on income with an amended sales and use tax."[16] Discussed as a positive example in ALEC's "The Missouri Compromise," Chapter 2 of "Rich States, Poor States."[17][18]


  1. American Legislative Exchange Council [http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/alec-applauds-missouri-vote-to-allow-health-care-act-to-proceed-99939554.html ALEC Applauds Missouri Vote to Allow Health Care Act to Proceed] PR Newswire press release, August 4, no year written
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Chad Garrison, Corporate Interest Group Accused of Writing Missouri Laws, Riverfront Times blog, July 27, 2011
  3. ProgressMissouri.org The Private Attorney Retention Act, side-by-side comparison with ALEC model bill, accessed July 27, 2011
  4. Kelly Wiese $250-an-hour cap sought on state work in Missouri: Bill also would BNet.com (CBS Interactive Business Network), March 20, 2011
  5. HB 255 'Private Attorney Retention Act', Progress Missouri, accessed July 27, 2011
  6. ProgressMissouri HCR44 (2008) Endorsing Electoral College, side-by-side comparison of bill with ALEC resolution of same subject], accessed July 27, 2011
  7. Missouri Legislature, SB1, state legislation, effective August 28, 2011
  8. American Legislative Exchange Council, Right to Work Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  9. SB1 Right to Work for Less, Progress Missouri, accessed July 27, 2011
  10. Missouri Legislature, HB 393, state legislation, accessed July 28, 2011
  11. American Legislative Exchange Council, Parent Trigger Act, model legislation cached via Webcite, April 27, 2011
  12. HB393 - 'PARENT EMPOWERMENT AND CHOICE ACT' OR THE 'PARENT TRIGGER ACT', Progress Missouri, accessed July 26, 2011
  13. Missouri House of Representatives, HB 1282, state legislation, referred to committee January 17, 2002, accessed August 16, 2011
  14. American Legislative Exchange Council, The Common Sense Scientific and Technical Evidence Act, model legislation exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy, July 13, 2011
  15. HB1282 - 'Common Sense Scientific and Technical Evidence Act', Progress Missouri, accessed August 16, 2011
  16. Missouri Legislature, SJR 29, state legislation, tabled May 14, 2010
  17. American Legislative Exchange Council, The Missouri Compromise, chapter of Rich States, Poor States, organizational report, June 2011
  18. Dave Helling, Momentum grows to swap income tax for sales tax in states, Kansas City Star, August 21, 2011