Originally aired July 31, 2014
The fourth piece focuses on how ALEC’s Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force drafted model bills that attacked public employees, their pensions and their right to unionize as well as threatened to privatize many public services. Seven of those bills were introduced by ALEC supporters in the Oregon legislature between 2011 and 2014, often with very few changes by the law office for the Oregon legislature, the Legislative Council. It also showed how the KBOO news team used plagiarism software to find similarities between ALEC model bills and Oregon legislation as a way to highlight the connection between them.
The official project page, with audio and transcripts, a database of Oregon ALEC bills, a map of ALEC affliated districts, ALEC model bills, Oregon legislation, and useful links, is here: smartalec.kboo.fm
Audio length: 15:14