“I have a problem with the notion that people who put out public pronouncements about legislation should be subject to regulatory requirements,” said constitutional law expert Rick Esenberg, president and founder of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. “We all should be free to say what we think the Legislature should or should not do without having to go through a bunch of regulatory hurdles.”
“It’s inconsistent with protection for political speech and participation in democracy, and to the extent that the bill is signaling out ALEC, that’s really wrong.” Esenberg said.
The fact that Taylor dubs her bill the ALEC Transparency Act suggests it is simply a way to pander to the liberal base, Esenberg said.
“This is a stupid politician trick and not a serious suggestion to address a real problem,” he said.