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John Nygren is a Republican Wisconsin state Assembly member, representing the state's 88th District. He was first elected to the state Assembly in 2006, and was re-elected in 2008.
Nygren was reelected on November 6, 2012.
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
John Nygren is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, and sits on ALEC's Health and Human Services Task Force. In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rep. Nygren co-authored 7 bills that reflect ALEC models, according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy.
What is ALEC?
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.
ALEC bills supported
2011 Regular Session - Bills sponsored and co-sponsored:
- Sponsored AB 110 (Special Needs Scholarship) - compare to ALEC model legislation, the ALEC Special Needs Scholarship Program Act (pdf)
- Sponsored AB 6 (Capital Gains) - phases out taxation of capital gains; compare to ALEC model legislation "Capital Gains Tax Elimination Act" (pdf)
- Sponsored AB 7 (Voter ID) - compare to ALEC model legislation Voter ID Act(pdf)
- Sponsored AJR 28 (Assembly Joint Resolution - the "Health Care Freedom Amendment") - Circumvents federal health reform legislation; prohibits requiring a person to obtain or maintain health insurance coverage or to participate in any health care system or plan. Compare to ALEC's model bill, the "Freedom of Choice in Healthcare Act"(pdf).
- Sponsored AJR 31 - Commonly known as the "Transportation Tax and Fee Restriction Amendment" - compare with the aims of ALEC's Resolution in Opposition to the Use of Transportation Taxes Except for Investment in the Nation's Transportation Infrastructure (pdf).
- Co-sponsored SB 10 (Capital Gains) - See AB 6
- Co-sponsored SB 6 (Voter ID) - see AB 7 (Voter ID) - Compare to ALEC's Voter ID Act
- Co-sponsored SJR 21 (Health Care Freedom Amendment) - See AJR 28 (above)
- Co-sponsored SJR 23 (Transportation Tax and Fee Restriction Amendment) - Compare to AJR 31 (above), and compare to ALEC's "Constitutional Amendment Restricting the Use of Vehicle Fees and Taxes for Highway Purposes" (pdf)
2011 Regular Session and Special Session- Voted for:
- AB 40 (2011-2013 Biennial Budget) - compare to ALEC's Title Pledge Act (pdf), ALEC's Public Employees Portable Retirement (PRO) Act (pdf), ALEC's Alternative Methods of Court Appearances Act (pdf) and ALEC's Anti-Crime (Secured Release) Act(pdf)
- AB 7 (Voter ID) - Compare to ALEC's Voter ID Act
- AB 94 (School Choice) Milwaukee Parental Choice Program - Compare to ALEC's Parental Choice Scholarship Accountability Act
January 2011 Special Session:
- AB 11 (Budget Repair Bill) - compare to ALEC's Public Employee Freedom Act (pdf) and ALEC's model Public Employer Payroll Deduction Policy Act(pdf)
- AB 5 (Supermajority) - requires a supermajority to pass tax increases. Compares to ALEC's model Super-Majority Act(pdf)