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Continued: Capitol Decoded: For wave of voter ID bills, a conservative group offers a model

  • Article by: ALEXANDRA TEMPUS , Associated Press
  • Last update: March 5, 2012 - 6:27 AM

Democrats complained of ALEC's influence earlier this session. In February, Dayton vetoed four Republican-backed bills that would have made sweeping changes to the state's civil legal system; he said then that three of the four bills were directly influenced by an ALEC manual. When asked about the claim, a Senate GOP spokesman said he could give no immediate comment.

Scott Hargarten, a 25-year-old organizer with Occupy Minneapolis, said his group plans to protest ALEC at the Capitol this month as part of a national action. Hargarten said ALEC became a focus of Occupy after recent news reports on the group and its work.

The voter ID issue "has this much momentum because it increases the powers of corporations, and the powers of the Republican party, at the expense of the citizen," Hargarten said.

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