Linda Collins-Smith

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Linda Collins-Smith was a Democratic member of the Arkansas State Assembly. On Wednesday, August 10th, 2011, she announced that she had switched to the Republican Party.[1] She is on the following committees: Revenue & Taxation (Vice Chair); Revenue and Taxation - House, City, County and Local Affairs - House; City, County and Local Affairs - House Finance Subcommittee; Energy - Joint and the Judiciary Committee - House.[2]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Collins-Smith is the Arkansas State Chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as of July 2011.[3] The corporate state chair of Arkansas is Ted Mullenix for AT&T.[4]

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  1. Rob Moritz, Democrat Switches Parties, Times Record, August 11, 2011
  2. "Linda Collins-Smith." Arkansas State Legislature. ArkLeg.State.AR.US. Accessed July 11, 2011.
  3. American Legislative Exchange Council. State Chairmen. Organizational website. Accessed July 9, 2011.
  4. American Legislative Exchange Council, "Solutions for the States," 38th Annual Meeting agenda, on file with CMD, August 3-6, 2011
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