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Proposed ALEC allegiance oath 'non-issue,' House Speaker Merrick's office says
The Guardian newspaper recently reported on numerous internal documents of the American Legislative Exchange Council, which helps shape legislation in Kansas and other states.
One document showed that the corporate-backed ALEC, which has numerous Republican legislative members in Kansas, had proposed that the ALEC state chairs take a loyalty oath that said, "I will act with care and loyalty and put the interests of the organization first."
House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, is the ALEC state chair in Kansas. Asked whether Merrick would sign such an oath, his spokeswoman Rachel Whitten said, "This is a non-issue. The oath was not adopted."