Government Relations News
ANA and a broad coalition of advertising and media companies and associations have filed reply comments urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to recognize and protect the key economic foundation that advertising provides to media and our nation's citizens.
There was a hearing held today at the Senate Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance on "Financial Services and Products: The Role of the FTC in Protecting Consumers, Part II."
The Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development (BRED) voted unanimously yesterday to repeal the "Predatory Marketing to Minors" law that was passed last year. That law imposes serious restrictions on the collection and use of personal information from minors under the age of 18, both offline and online.
The Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development held a hearing today on legislation in the Maine State Legislature (LD 1677) that would prohibit certain pharmaceutical marketing to minors.
The Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development will be holding a hearing on Thursday afternoon on legislation in the Maine State Legislature that would prohibit certain pharmaceutical marketing to minors.
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell presented his FY10-11 budget proposal to the General Assembly last week. The Governor’s plan would reduce the state sales and use tax from 6% to 4% and expand the base to impose the tax on virtually all services, including advertising and public relations.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued an examination into the “Future of Media and Information Needs of Communities in a Digital Age.”
There have been two important developments in Washington concerning obesity that may have an impact on advertisers.
We have learned there will be a hearing at the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, February 4 on "Financial Services and Products: The Role of the Federal Trade Commission in Protecting Consumers."
Regina Benjamin, the new U.S. Surgeon General, has released a report entitled "The Surgeon General's Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation," which recomments limiting ads for "less-healthy foods and beverages."
Rep. John Hall (D-NY) has introduced legislation, HR 4518, which would prohibit the tax deduction for advertising campaigns not related to a product or service by companies (including subsidiaries) with gross receipts over $100 million a year.
The FCC has granted the request for an extension filed by ANA, along with the 4A's, AAF, DMA, IAB, and PMA, in the NOI asking for comment on a range of issues related to children and media.
Many state governments are facing severe budget pressures that are expected to intensify for the foreseeable future. Unlike Congress, state governments must pass balanced budgets each year, so they must cut spending, raise taxes or do some combination of both. In this environment, we expect states to consider new taxes on business services, such as advertising, to raise needed revenues.
New legislation has been introduced in the Maine State Legislature that would prohibit certain pharmaceutical marketing to minors. LD 1677 would prohibit the collection and use of personal information collected online from a minor who is at least 13 and under 17 years old for the purposes of pharmaceutical marketing in violation of rules to be adopted by the Maine Attorney General.
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky has handed down a decision in a case challenging advertising restrictions in the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
We have learned from several lobbying sources that Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) plans to offer his legislation (S. 2842) which would deny the deduction for direct-to-consumer advertising expenses as an amendment to the health care bill.
Proposed Standards for Food Marketing to Children Released at FTC Forum by Four Agency Working Group
ANA testified at the FTC's forum on food marketing and childhood obesity, at which standards for advertising to children were released by the four agency working group created in the 2009 Omnibus bill.
Five Senators plan to offer a bill to disallow the deduction for DTC prescription drug advertising and promotional expenses as an amendment to the health care bill currently being debated on the Senate floor.
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), joined by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) has introduced the "Healthy Kids Act" which contains drastic provisions relating to advertising on children's programming.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday approved the “Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act” (H.R.3126) by a party-line vote of 33-19. The bill would create a new federal agency with sweeping powers to regulate all consumer financial products and services, broadly defined. It would also radically transform the regulatory authority of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), impacting the advertising community in general.