Taxpayers paid for lawmakers to attend ALEC meeting

The American Legislative Exchange Council and its corporate funders have been under fire for drafting “model legislation” for states on voter-ID and “stand your ground” gun laws. As a result, more than a dozen major companies have pulled out of the organization, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, McDonald’s and Walmart. But at least eight state lawmakers, including Rep. Gene Suellentrop, R-Wichita, registered to attend ALEC’s July 25-28 annual meeting in Salt Lake City, the Lawrence Journal World reported. Kansas taxpayers paid the $475 registration fee for each lawmaker ($575 for Suellentrop and a state senator, who registered late). Other state lawmakers may have attended the meeting but did not register through Kansas Legislative Administrative Services.