CANTON — Two Cherokee County state legislators are defending their association with a nonprofit organization that has come under fire for its support of a controversial law now under scrutiny in Florida after the death of teenager Trayvon Martin.
Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) and Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) are standing by their membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.
Rogers, who has been a member for 10 years, is also the national treasurer of the conservative organization, while Hill serves with Rogers as the state chairs from Georgia for the group.
Rogers said the criticism of the organization is unfounded, adding the attacks are “coming from the same far left radical groups that have been attacking conservatives for years.”
“The question is whether supporters of free markets and limited government will yield to these type of tactics,” Rogers said. “ALEC is