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ANA Opposes Kennedy Tobacco Advertising Restrictions

Tomorrow, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will consider S. 625, a bill to transfer regulatory authority over tobacco products and advertising to the Food and Drug Administration. ANA, along with the American Association of Advertising Agencies and the American Advertising Federation, has sent a letter to the committee detailing the constitutional problems with the advertising provisions in the bill.

ANA Opposes Brownback TV Indecency and Violence Amendments

ANA has sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee in opposition to Senator Sam Brownback

ANA Files Statement With Senate Commerce Committee on Media Violence

At a hearing held today on children and media violence, ANA filed a policy statement with the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee expressing our deep concern about any attempt by Congress to regulate violent content and restrict it in a manner similar to indecency.

Energy and Commerce Committee Passes Drug Bill With Towns-Buyer Amendment Language

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House Health Subcommittee Strips Drug Safety Bill of Burdensome DTC Restrictions; Full Committee Considers Bill Tomorrow

Yesterday, the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed an amendment sponsored by Reps. Ed Towns (D-NY) and Steve Buyer (R-IN) removing extremely onerous restrictions on advertising from the drug safety bill.

ANA Opposes Changes in FTC Guides for the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) has urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to reject a proposed change in the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

House Health Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Drug Bills; Markup To Be Held Next Tuesday

The Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a legislative hearing today on a number of discussion drafts of pending bills, including the drug safety bill originally introduced by Reps. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Henry Waxman (D-CA), which contains a number of provisions that would severely restrict DTC advertising for new drugs.

House Health Subcommittee Bill Bans and Restricts Prescription Drug Advertising

The Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Congressman Frank Pallone, has released a discussion draft of the drug safety bill. That draft contains five new restrictions on prescription drug advertising to consumers.

House Health Subcommittee to Mark Up Drug Safety Bill

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health is expected to markup a drug safety bill on Wednesday, June 13, 2007. It is possible that there may be provisions to ban or restrict prescription drug advertising included in the Chairman

IOM Tobacco Report Calls for FDA Regulation of Advertising

The Institute of Medicine issued a report yesterday calling on the federal government to take various actions to reduce tobacco use, including major restrictions on advertising.

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.

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.

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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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