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Maine Children's Privacy Law to be Revisited

We have learned that the Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary in the Maine Legislature will be meeting next month to consider changes to the "Act to Prevent Predatory Marketing Practices Against Minors." That law, passed earlier this year, severely restricts the collection, transfer and use of "personal information" or "health-related information" from minors.

FTC To Hold Roundtable on Consumer Privacy, Seeks Comment from Public

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it will conduct a series of day-long public roundtables on the collection and use of consumer data and the challenges to consumer privacy posed by 21st century technology.

Sen. Nelson Decides Not to Offer Amendment Ending DTC Ad Tax Deduction

We have heard on very good authority that Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) has decided not to offer an amendment that would eliminate the tax deductibility of DTC advertising costs to the Senate Finance Committee

Sen. Bill Nelson Plans Amendment to Health Care Bill That Would Eliminate Ad Deduction

We have learned that Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) plans to introduce an amendment to the Senate Finance Committee's health care bill that would end the deduction for prescription drug advertising.

Business Community Has Important Victory in Challenge to Maine Children's Privacy Law

The business community has won an important victory in a lawsuit challenging a Maine law that severely restricts the collection, transfer and use of "personal information" or "health-related information" from minors.

ANA Sends Letter to Massachusetts General Court Opposing Alcohol Beverage Ad Ban

We have sent a letter to the members of the Massachusetts General Court's Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight in opposition to HB 1113, which would prohibit alcohol advertising on any property owned or operated by the Commonwealth.

Hearing Next Week on Massachusetts Ad Ban Bill

There will be a hearing on Tuesday, September 8th on a bill in the Massachusetts General Court (House Bill 1113) that would prohibit alcohol advertising on "any property owned or operated by the Commonwealth."

Suit Filed Challenging Maine Children's Privacy Law

Yesterday, a suit was filed in Maine federal court by Maine Independent Colleges Association, Maine Press Association, Netchoice and Reed Elsevier challenging the Maine "Act to Prevent Predatory Marketing Practices Against Minors." This law severely restricts the collection, transfer and use of "personal information" or "health-related information" from minors, presumably anyone under age 18.

Lawsuit to be Filed Next Week on Maine Children's Privacy Law

A coalition of companies and industry groups plans to file a lawsuit next week in federal court in Maine to challenge the Maine "Act to Prevent Predatory Marketing Practices Against Minors."

Update on Maine Children's Privacy Law

ANA has been working with a coalition of marketers and other industry groups to determine how best to respond to a new law in Maine that severely restricts the collection and use of "personal information" or "health-related information" from minors, presumably anyone under age 18.

New Maine Predatory Marketing Law Takes Effect in September

Governor John Baldacci of Maine recently signed LD 1183, a bill that severely restricts the collection and use of personal or health-related information from minors.

Ad Deductibility Remains Under Threat

Members of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee are seriously considering taxing advertising in order to raise revenue to finance health care reform.

Key Trade Groups Release Comprehensive Privacy Principles for Use And Collection of Behavioral Data in Online Advertising

A group of the nation's largest media and marketing trade associations today released self-regulatory principles to protect consumer privacy in ad-supported interactive media that will require advertisers and Web sites to clearly inform consumers about data collection practices and enable them to exercise control over that information.

President Signs Landmark Tobacco Legislation

Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed into law landmark legislation granting the Food and Drug Administration authority over tobacco products, including advertising.

ANA Mobilizes Members To Preserve Tax Deductibility of Prescription Drug Advertising Costs

The nation's largest advertisers are mobilizing to prevent Congress from imposing restrictions on the tax deductibility of the cost of advertising prescription drugs. Leading members of the House Ways and Means Committee are considering a proposal that would eliminate the tax deductibility for prescription medications, while a similar proposal is gaining traction in the Senate Finance Committee.

Threat to Ad Deductibility Grows

New York Congressman Charles Rangel, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the tax-writing committee, indicated today in an article in Congressional Quarterly that he would support limits on the deductibility of marketing costs for prescription drugs.

Senate Finance Committee Considering Tax on Advertising to Pay for Health Care Reform

The United States Senate Finance Committee is seriously considering taxing advertising in order to raise revenue to finance health care reform.

Seminar on New SAG/AFTRA Radio and Television Commercials Contracts

On June 8 and 9, the JPC and Reed Smith held seminars/webinars on the new agreements with SAG and AFTRA.

HUMANITAS and ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment Partner on Television and Digital Content Development Fund

Humanitas & ANA's Alliance for Family Entertainment jointly announced a Content Development Fund (the fund) for television and digital projects.

Ad Tax Proposed in Arizona Legislature

The Democrats in the Arizona Senate and House have proposed a budget plan that would tax most business services, including advertising.

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Legislative and Regulatory Issues Tracking

ANA's Washington, DC office works to protect the ability of all marketers to communicate effectively with consumers.   The scope of legislation, regulations, and court cases impacting the marketing community continues to be extremely broad, extending to issues as diverse as online privacy, prescription drug advertising, restrictions on the tax deductibility of advertising costs and the regulatory powers of the Federal Trade Commission.

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Compendium of Legislative, Regulatory and Legal Issues

ANA's Washington, DC office plays a leading role in protecting the ability of all marketers to communicate effectively with consumers. At the end of each year, we prepare a Compendium which describes our efforts on the broad range of issues we have faced. 

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Alliance for Family Entertainment

The ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment is a group of major national advertisers, supported by the Association of National Advertisers dedicated to finding, nurturing, developing and supporting family friendly programming.

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SAG/AFTRA

ANA and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) conduct broadcast talent negotiations with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) through the Joint Policy Committee, or JPC.

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