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For Immediate Release
Contact: Sheila McCant
LA House of Representatives
Office of Public Information
Phone: (225) 342-9795
FAX: (225) 219-4380

January 28, 1999

State Rep. Kennard to Serve as Secretary of
American Legislative Exchange Council

   State Rep. Donald Ray Kennard was elected National Secretary of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for 1999 during the organization's State and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. recently.

    CEO and Executive Director of ALEC, Duane Parde said, "As a longstanding ALEC member and more recently as a member of our National Board of Directors, Rep. Kennard has been crucial to the development and passage of legislation. We are confident that in his new capacity as national secretary his contribution and impact upon our organization will be even greater.

    ALEC is the nation's largest bipartisan, individual membership association of state legislators, with nearly 3,000 members nationwide. The group's national task forces provide a forum for legislators and the private sector to discuss issues, develop policies and write model legislation.

    In 1996 Kennard authored and passed "Truth In Sentencing" legislation, ALEC model legislation which mandates that a person convicted of a violent crime must serve 85 percent of the sentence. This basically does away with "good time." For his work in passing the legislation Kennard received the Crime Fighter of the Year award from the organization Victims and Citizens Against Crime. He was also recognized by the Law Enforcement Association of America for his support of local and national law enforcement in authoring and passing the first legislation in the nation to protect law enforcement officers injured on the job by inmates. This, too, was ALEC model legislation.

    Kennard first became affiliated with ALEC in 1992 and State Chairman for Louisiana in 1994. He is the first national officer from Louisiana and has served on ALEC's Board of Directors for the last two years.

    First elected to the House in 1976, he represents House District 65.