NC lawmaker wins top ALEC award

Posted July 31, 2014

State Rep. Jason Saine, R-District 97 (Lincoln)

— The American Legislative Exchange Council has named state Rep. Jason Saine its Lawmaker of the Year for 2014.

It's the second time in four years a North Carolina lawmaker has won the group's highest honor. Outgoing House Speaker Thom Tillis was ALEC's Lawmaker of the Year in 2011.

Saine, R-Lincoln, is a second-term House member. 

According to a release from the pro-business advocacy group, "Rep. Saine received the award for organizing a successful ALEC tax academy in North Carolina and for being a leader in advancing free market principles."

"'I am honored to receive this award,' Saine said in the release. 'I am proud to be a member of ALEC, and have done my best to reduce government overregulation and promote free markets in North Carolina.'" 

ALEC says its purpose is to encourage productive working relationships between business interests and state policymakers. The group generates "model legislation" on a range of conservative and libertarian issues, encouraging member lawmakers to sponsor the measures in their home states.

Critics of the group, however, say it's a pro-business "bill mill" that charges corporate members high fees in exchange for access to state lawmakers at private conferences and workshops. 

Saine is the group's North Carolina chairman, and the award was conferred at the group's annual meeting, currently underway in Dallas. 

Gov. Pat McCrory was scheduled to be a keynote speaker at the meeting, and Tillis was also expected to attend, but neither ended up going to the event because of the ongoing budget negotiations.


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  • archmaker Aug 1, 2014

    he should just hold up a sign that says "for sale."

    must be nice to be a legislator who doesn't even have to bother with writing their own legislation.

  • heelhawk Aug 1, 2014

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    Unless of course by self governing you mean choosing who you can love and marry, deciding what to do with your own body, allowing counties and municipalities the rights to choose for themselves and putting citizens ahead of corporate interests. Those things will be strictly legislated against by the GOP.

  • Teresa Engel Aug 1, 2014
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    Please tell me you are joking. Individuals right to self-govern? This GA supposedly champions smaller government, when in reality, they have been far more intrusive than any GA in recent history.

  • tracmister Aug 1, 2014

    Welcome to the Hall of Shame

  • dirtydozen431 Aug 1, 2014

    A great award to a forward thinking legislator who believes in the public sector and in the individuals right to self government.

  • miseem Aug 1, 2014

    "'I am honored to receive this award,' Saine said in the release. 'I am proud to be a member of ALEC, and have done my best to reduce government overregulation and promote free markets in North Carolina.'"

    Shorthand for let's allow corporations a free hand in every law and regulation in place in NC. If they don't like them, we'll change them for you. Who cares what it does to the environment or the middle class in NC. As long as my masters in the CEO offices, Wall Street and country clubs are happy, I'm happy.

  • John McCray Aug 1, 2014
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    The new Speaker of the House?

  • Jack Jones Aug 1, 2014
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    NC's new voter suppression law is ALEC legislation. Ask yourself how that's just a "pro-business" organization.

  • Paul Maxwell Aug 1, 2014
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    I can't decide if I should laugh or cry...

  • teleman60 Aug 1, 2014

    Isn't it wonderful? A NC gets an award from the single biggest anti democratic group in America.

    These are the "guns everywhere" "women's clinics MUST HAVE halls 10 ft wide"people.
    McCrory and Tillis are attending, I'm not surprised. Gotta keep them brown shirts marching in lockstep.
    This group is nothing but the KKK minus the white sheets.