Thomas "Tom" Larson is a Republican Wisconsin State Assembly Representative from the 67th Assembly District. He was elected to the state Assembly in 2010.
Larson was reelected on November 6, 2012.
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
Larson is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council and sits on ALEC's Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force as a Legislative Member. In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rep. Larson co-authored 7 bills that reflect ALEC models, according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy.
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 ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.
ALEC bills supported
2011 Regular Session - bills sponsored or co-sponsored:
- Sponsored AB 110 (Special Needs Scholarship) - compare to ALEC model legislation, the ALEC Special Needs Scholarship Program Act (pdf)
- Sponsored AJR 31 - Commonly known as the "Transportation Tax and Fee Restriction Amendment" - compare with the aims of ALEC's Resolution in Opposition to the Use of Transportation Taxes Except for Investment in the Nation's Transportation Infrastructure (pdf)
- Co-sponsored SJR 23 - (Transportation Tax and Fee Restriction Amendment) - Compare to AJR 31 (above), and compare to ALEC's "Constitutional Amendment Restricting the Use of Vehicle Fees and Taxes for Highway Purposes" (pdf)
2011 Regular Session - bills voted for:
- AB 40 (2011-2013 Biennial Budget) - compare to ALEC's Title Pledge Act (pdf), ALEC's Public Employees Portable Retirement (PRO) Act (pdf), ALEC's Alternative Methods of Court Appearances Act (pdf) and ALEC's Anti-Crime (Secured Release) Act(pdf)
- AB 7 (Voter ID) - Compare to ALEC's Voter ID Act
- AB 94 (School Choice) Milwaukee Parental Choice Program - compare to ALEC's Parental Choice Scholarship Accountability Act
- AB 11 (Budget Repair Bill) - Compare to ALEC's Public Employee Freedom Act (pdf) and ALEC's model Public Employer Payroll Deduction Policy Act(pdf)
- AB 5 (Supermajority) - requires a supermajority to pass tax increases. Compare to ALEC's model Super-Majority Act(pdf)
Room 18 West
P.O. Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708
Voting Address: E9359 County Rd. N
Colfax, WI 54730
Telephone: (608) 266-1194 Or (888) 534-0067
Fax: (608) 282-3667
- State of Wisconsin Legislator Pages/bio of State Assembly Rep. Thomas Larson, government website, accessed August 1, 2011
- Wisconsin Vote, 2012 Election Results, accessed November 27, 2012.
- Democracy Addicts Joe Knilans, Project SmartALEC/Wisconsin legislators. Database. Accessed August 1, 2011