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At least 18 members of the Illinois House attended ALEC’s summer convention in Boston at taxpayer expense, the St. 24 The newspaper’s survey of legislative travel records shows that some lawmakers mixed business with pleasure. The expense report filed by Representative Timothy Johnson, for example, shows that he flew to Boston four days before the start of the ALEC convention on July 25 so that he could attend the Boston Celtics basketball camp. Johnson did not bill the state for the camp, but he did submit bills for four nights in Boston, including two before the convention started.

A lobbyist, however, may pay for a legislator’s travel to a speaking engagement. Legislators may accept gifts from, and take trips paid for by, other outside interests; they must disclose any such gifts or travel expenses valued at more than $100. MICHIGAN State legislators may accept gifts from outside interests and take trips paid for by outside interests; no disclosure is required. MINNESOT A 46 State legislators may not accept gifts from, or take trips paid for by, lobbyists or lobbyists’ employers.

By the following year, Fred C. Noye, ALEC’s incoming national chairman, was sounding much more upbeat in assessing the organization’s successes in the battlefields to which Brunelli had referred. “In the 1990-91 session, a total of 240 of our model bills were introduced throughout the nation,” Noye wrote. “At least one ALEC model bill was introduced in all 49 states in session. ) Ninety-two ALEC bills were enacted in states, for a passage rate of 38 percent. That’s 20 percent higher than the average for state legislation, and 33 percent higher than the federal level.

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