Government Relations News
Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed into law landmark legislation granting the Food and Drug Administration authority over tobacco products, including advertising.
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.
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.
The United States Senate Finance Committee is seriously considering taxing advertising in order to raise revenue to finance health care reform.
The Democrats in the Arizona Senate and House have proposed a budget plan that would tax most business services, including advertising.
The U.S. Senate is scheduled to take up the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (S. 982) early next week.
ANA, along with a coalition of advertisers and Internet service providers has again urged members of the New York State Legislature to reject legislation that would impose serious new state-specific restrictions on online behavioral advertising.
ANA, along with the 4A’s and the AAF, has filed reply comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on its Notice of Inquiry seeking input on whether television ratings should be applied to commercials, allowing them to be blocked by technologies such as the v-chip.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) is scheduled to vote next week on a major tobacco bill, the “Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act” (S.982).
ANA has urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to disavow any effort to require content ratings for TV commercials so that the V-chip or other tools could be used to block them from the programming in which they appear.
ANA has filed supplemental comments with ICANN in opposition to their proposal to greatly expand the available level of generic top level domain names.
The omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress and signed on Friday, March 13 by the President is accompanied by an explanatory statement calling for a working group of four government agencies to study whether standards are needed for marketing of foods and beverages to children under 17.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in a Notice of Inquiry regarding a report it must submit to Congress by August on content blocking technologies, has asked for input on whether commercials should be included under the TV ratings program.
The advertising community may be facing another ad tax battle in the Florida Legislature. The House Finance and Tax Council will be holding a series of meetings to discuss the possible repeal of a number of current sales tax exemptions.
ANA, AAAA and AAF submit a detailed letter in opposition to H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
ANA has filed two comments with the Federal Trade Commission regarding its revisions to the endorsement and testimonial guidelines.
Update on ad tax proposals in South Dakota and New York.
A bill has been introduced in the South Dakota House of Representatives that would impose a 4% gross receipts tax on all advertising services in all media in the state.
The FTC has issued a staff report revising its self-regulatory principles for online behavioral advertising.