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ANA Writes to House Energy and Commerce Committee Ahead of CFPA Markup

A markup of the Consumer Financial Protection Act in the House Energy and Commerce Committee has been announced for Thursday. This bill, which creates a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) will cover many issues impacting the FTC as well.

ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment Names Co-Chair

Walmart executive to co-chair influential advertiser group that will shape the future of family content

FCC NOI Asks for Input on Advertising to Children

The FCC has released a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) entitled "Empowering Parents and Protecting Children in an Evolving Media Landscape" which asks for input on a sweeping range of issues relating to advertising.

CFPA Bill Passes House Financial Services Committee

On a largely party-line vote of 39-29, the House Financial Services Committee today approved the "Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act" (H.R.3126). That bill would create a new federal agency with sweeping new powers and could radically transform and impact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Franken Proposal Threatens Ad Deductibility

On October 8th, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and cosponsors Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced a bill (S.1763) entitled “Protecting Americans from Drug Marketing Act,” which would disallow the deduction for DTC prescription drug advertising and promotional expenses. These Senators are pushing to convince the leadership to add their bill to the health care legislation now being developed or plan to offer the bill as an amendment on the Senate floor.

House Subcommittee Approves CALM Act

Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet favorably reported H.R. 1084, the CALM Act, to the full committee on a voice vote.

ANA Urges Repeal of Maine Children's Privacy Law

ANA has urged the Maine Legislature to repeal the "Act to Prevent Predatory Marketing Practices Against Minors."

ANA Says CFPA Bill Will Radically and Detrimentally Transform the FTC

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) has told the House Financial Services Committee that the "Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act" (H.R. 3126) would create a new federal agency with sweeping new powers and radically transform and threaten the long-term health of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Judiciary Committee to Review Maine Children's Privacy Law

The Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary in the Maine Legislature will be meeting on October 15th and 16th to consider the constitutional issues raised by the "Act to Prevent Predatory Marketing Practices Against Minors."

FDA Announces Hearings on Promotion Using the Internet and Social Media

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a public hearing to discuss issues related to the promotion of prescription drug products and medical devices using the Internet and various social media tools.

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.

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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 (AFE) is a coalition of national advertisers, supported by the ANA, which represents almost 40% of all U.S. television advertising dollars..

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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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