Joan Ballweg is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 41st District. She is on the following Assembly Standing Committees: Colleges and Universities; Homeland Security and State Affairs; Labor and Workforce Development (Chair); Assembly Organization; and Rules. She is also Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Council and is on the following Legislative Council Study Committees: Review of Emergency Detention and Admission of Minors Under Chapter 51; Differences in Laws Applicable to Cities and Villages; Emergency Management and Continuity of Government Continuity of Legislative Operations; and Review of Higher Education Financial Aid Programs (Chair).
Ballweg was reelected on November 6, 2012.
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
Ballweg is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and serves as an alternate on the ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force. She also is a Member of the Public Safety and Elections Task Force. In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rep. Ballweg co-authored 5 bills that reflect ALEC models, according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy.
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.
Rep. Ballweg and Voting
Bills introduced or cosponsored by Ballweg in the 2011 spring session:
AB-7: "Identification requirement for voting in elections created, provisional and absentee ballot provisions; use of corroborating electors to verify residence discontinued; DOT ID card fee waived, obtaining a card without a photo for religious reasons, and issuing an identification certificate; special voting deputies to certain adult family homes and residential care apartment complexes permitted; GAB public informational campaign."(AB-7)* (compare with ALEC Voter ID Act).
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