Kathy Bernier is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 68th District. She is on the following committees: Aging and Long-Term Care; Election and Campaign Reform; and Tourism, Recreation and State Properties.
Bernier was reelected on November 6, 2012.
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
Bernier is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and serves on the ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force. In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rep. Bernier co-authored or co-sponsored 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. Bernier and Voting
Bernier serves on the ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force. She introduced or co-sponsored the following bills in the 2011 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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