'Model Bills' Written By Special Interest Groups Passed By Arizona Legislature

Published: Friday, April 5, 2019 - 12:29pm
Updated: Friday, April 5, 2019 - 3:24pm
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Rob O'Dell.

Voters elect legislators, and legislators in turn write laws to meet the needs of those who put them in office. But some laws are not the work of legislators.

Some laws were written by special interest groups to serve a specific agenda, and introduced — sometimes word for word — on the floors of state Senates and Houses across the country.

An investigation found 10,000 of these so-called "model bills" were introduced nationwide over the past eight years. More than 2,000 were signed into law, and Arizona had one of the highest instances of model bills written by conservative groups.

Rob O’Dell, senior investigative reporter for the Arizona Republic, is one of the reporters on this project and joined The Show to talk about what they found and what this all means.

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