MONTGOMERY — State Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, is now a state chair to a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C.
Collins said she was approached about the position with the American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC, a few weeks ago. She replaces Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, R-Pelham, who is not seeking re-election to the House.
The council’s website describes its origins 40 years ago as a collaboration of “conservative state lawmakers who shared a common belief in limited government, free markets, federalism and individual liberty.”
Some provisions in the Alabama Accountability Act, passed by lawmakers last year, are similar to model legislation offered by ALEC. The Associated Press reported last year that ALEC is backed mostly by corporate contributions.
Collins said Friday that she’s read some of ALEC’s policies and legislative recommendations, but has never used any in her own bills. The group has some suggestions on pension reform that Collins said she plans to look at.
“I would like to see what they say and plan to do some reading over the summer,” Collins said.
The other chair from Alabama is Sen. Greg Reed, R-Jasper.