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Senator Harkin Reintroduces HeLP America Act

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) has reintroduced his HeLP America Act (S. 1342), which contains a number of provisions that impact advertisers.

Chairman Markey Suggests Restrictions on Food Marketing

FCC Chairman Martin and Commissioners Tate and Copps have responded to House Telecommunications and the Internet Subcomittee Chairman Ed Markey's letter urging serious new restrictions on food marketing.

Senate Passes Drug Safety Bill With Industry-Backed Advertising Provisions

After weeks of negotiations, the Senate yesterday passed the drug safety bill, S.1082, without major new restrictions on direct-to-consumer prescription drug ads.

UPDATE: ANA-AAAA Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations

A summary of events since the adoption of the 2006 Extension Agreement with SAG and AFTRA.

FCC Violence Report Released

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last night released their long awaited report on "Violent Television Programming and Its Impact on Children."

Drug Safety Bill on Senate Floor Next Week

We have learned that the Senate leadership is likely to bring up the drug safety bill (S.1082) as early as next Monday. This bill contains provisions that are an enormous threat to the advertising community.

Senate HELP Committee Votes to Keep Restrictive Ad Proposals in Drug Safety Bill

Yesterday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a markup on S. 1082, the Food and Drug Administration Revitalization Act, which contains a two-year moratorum on advertising for prescription drugs and new government-mandated warnings for ads.

Update on Children's Issues

Two important developments on the children's advertising front.

Senate HELP Committee to Markup Kennedy-Enzi Drug Safety Bill Next Wednesday

The Senate HELP Committee plans to mark up S. 484, the Enhancing Drug Safety and Innovation Act, on Wednesday, April 18. The bill contains three provisions of concern to the advertising industry.

Marketers Respond to Obesity Challenge: What Is Your Company Doing?

ANA is serving on a joint government/industry task force that will be meeting next Friday to discuss potential new initiatives. One of our goals is to develop a comprehensive inventory of the efforts already being made by individual marketers to address childhood obesity. Therefore, we need examples of programs or partnerships that your company has begun to address childhood obesity.

Utah District Court Rejects Advertisers' Arguments in Child Registry Case

On March 23, 2007, the federal court in Utah denied the motion for preliminary injunction in this very important case dealing with a do-not-email registry enacted in 2004.

Illinois Governor Proposes Gross Receipts Tax

In his "State of the State" speech last week, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich proposed a new gross receipts tax (GRT) on all business activity in the state.

Update on State Ad Tax Developments

There have been several important developments on the state ad tax front.

Ad Tax Fights Possible in Michigan and Iowa

The marketing community may be facing ad tax battles in the legislatures in Michigan and Iowa. We need your assistance to respond to these threats.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Introduces Package of Bipartisan Privacy Bills

Last week, to mark National Consumer Protection Week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced four major privacy bills. The bills deal with data security, spyware, pretexting, and social security number protection.

New Congress Focuses on Prescription Drug Ads

The first month of the new Congress has seen a flurry of legislative activity in the prescription drug advertising area.

ANA To Participate on FCC Task Force on Childhood Obesity

The Federal Communications Commission announced that the first meeting of its public-private Task Force on 'Media and Childhood Obesity: Today and Tomorrow' will be held on February 14, 2007.

Chairmen Majoras, Martin Headline ANA Advertising Law and Business Affairs Conference

Highlights from ANA's Advertising Law and Business Affairs Conference

Tax On Business Services (Including Advertising) Possible In Michigan

A proposal to extend the sales tax to most business services, including advertising, may soon be introduced in the Michigan Legislature.

Performers' Unions and Advertising Industry Tentatively Agree on Two-Year Extension of Commercials Contracts

The JPC, SAG, and AFTRA announced a tentative agreement on a two-year extension to the Commercials Contracts that cover advertisements appearing on television, radio, the Internet and new media, that would run through October 29, 2008.

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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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