Tonya Schuitmaker

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Tonya Schuitmaker is a Republican member of the State Senate in Michigan. She represents the 20th District and serves on the following committees: Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education (Chair), Senate Judiciary Committee (Vice Chair), Senate Health Policy Committee (Vice Chair), Senate Appropriations subcommittees on Capital Outlay (Vice Chair), Community Colleges, Judiciary and the Senate Appropriations Committee.[1]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Schuitmaker is the Michigan State Chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as of 2011.[2]

About 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, and check out breaking news on our site.

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  1. Michigan Senate Republicans. Senator Tonya Schuitmaker :: 20th District Government website. Accessed July 10, 2011.
  2. American Legislative Exchange Council. State Chairmen. Organizational website. Accessed July 9, 2011.
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