Celebrating Earth Day

Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970 as the brainchild of former Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-WI). One of the leading proponents of environmentalism and conservation at the time, Sen. Nelson envisioned Earth Day as an “environmental teach-in” that would generate popular support for an environmental agenda. Modeled on … »

Operating on Constitutional Boundaries – Is There a Need for Legislative Updates to Electronic Privacy Protection Laws?

Long gone are the days when law enforcement surveillance meant officers with cameras standing on corners wearing trench coats, hats and sunglasses. Now law enforcement can use thermal imaging cameras from drones, intercept cell phone calls and even track personal information through cell phones. Advances in technology, perceptions that law … »

ALEC Releases New State Factor on Recidivism Reduction Practices

One in every 100 American adults is behind bars, and four in ten of those released end up back behind bars within three years. America’s failing criminal justice system costs federal, state and local governments over $80 billion every year, yet does not deliver adequate public safety results for taxpayers … »

Even Supreme Court Justices Show Up for Jury Duty: Exploring Jury Service Exemptions

Last week, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts showed up for jury duty in Montgomery County to serve his patriotic duty. He may not have been assigned to a case, but he still showed up. While there’s probably a good argument for exempting Supreme Court Justices from serving … »