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Legislative Issues

AAF National Government Report May 2020


As anticipated, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) vetoed the digital ad tax passed by the General Assembly. The Assembly is expected to try to override the veto when it returns. Normally, the body would have reconvened in late May but did not because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The next session has not been scheduled and could be delayed until the Fall or next year pending the state of the health crisis. AAF Baltimore, AAF DC and the Maryland/Delaware/District of Columbia Press Association released a joint statement praising the Governor’s action. Read More

AAF National Government Report April 2020


On April 24, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) issued an Executive Order that among other things, rescinded the advertising ban included in a previous order. The previous Executive Order addressing the COVID-19 crisis in her state sparked a well-covered protest because of the stay-at-home provisions included in the order. The order also included language that impacted advertising. Read More

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently released an Executive Order addressing the COVID-19 crisis that has a number of negative implications for the advertising industry. Read More

AAF National Government Report


As expected, the Nebraska ad tax bills reported on in the last issue did not advance out of committee. Members of both AAF Omaha and AAF Lincoln wrote and called lawmakers in opposition. Read More

AAF National Government Report


Two ad tax bills have been introduced in the Nebraska legislature. LB 946 would extend the state sales and use tax to all services unless specifically exempted. No exemption for advertising is mentioned in the bill’s language. LB 989 would impose the sales and use tax to digital advertising. Because Nebraska has a very short legislative session this year, and the governor has pledged not to raise taxes, these bills are not expected to be enacted. However, many observers in the state believe that they could lay the groundwork for more serious consideration next year. Read More

AAF Government Report | September 30, 2019

October 10 Free Ad Ethics Day

The AAF protects and promotes advertising at all levels of government through grassroots activities. Our nation-wide network monitors advertising-related legislation on local, state and federal levels. We put our members face-to-face with influential lawmakers while encouraging self-regulation as a preemptor to government intervention, when appropriate of course. Read More

AAF Government Report | July 31, 2019


AAF continues to work with the Privacy for America Coalition to develop a proposed national privacy standard that will both protect consumers and allow businesses to responsibly use data to continue to provide those consumers with the services and content they want and expect. Read More

AAF Government Report | June 28, 2019


Federal “Do Not Track” Bill Introduced
Multiple federal privacy bills have been introduced, including a recent one by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., that would establish a Do Not Track registry for online data collection similar to the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call list which allows people to say they do not want to receive telemarketing calls. The bill would allow consumers to opt out of companies collecting data beyond what is “necessary” for the services to run. Read More

Advertising Day on the Hill

Michael Johnson Day on the Hill March 2017

“It’s crucial for us as advertising industry leaders to help policymakers understand the role we play in our communities and economy; the free press, crucial to democracy; innumberable internet apps and services from the Alphabet to the Weather Channel. All of these and more are ad supported. We need to help our elected leaders understand our industry and it’s implications when they make policy that effects what we do.”
Ryan Horn, President Bullhorn Communications
AAF Omaha Legislative Issues Committee Member
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