-By John Croman
February 25, 2012- SAINT PAUL, Minn. — There's been a lot of talk lately at the State Capitol about "Alec," but it's not a reference to a person.
ALEC is the acronym for the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative leaning think tank that creates model legislation for states to enact. DFL lawmakers have stepped up criticism of the Republican majority for running with ALEC-inspired measures.
"We ought to, as legislators, craft our own bills coming from what's important to the people of Minnesota," Sen. Terry Bonoff, a Minnetonka Democrat, told reporters Friday.
Governor Dayton raised the ALEC connection two weeks earlier, while explaining his veto of four civil lawsuit reform bills that had been opposed by a State Supreme Court task force.
"So exactly who did the Republicans in the legislature listen to?" Dayton asked, as he held up a packet of papers.
"Three of the four bills come right from this manual, the Tort Reform Boot Camp, published by the American Legislative exchange council, or ALEC."