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Legislative Committee Update – January 2018

Nicole Schmoll Board Photo 2017Contributed by Nicole Schmoll, AAF Omaha Board Member and Legislative Issues Chair

Happening at the National level

As I’m sure you’ve noticed in the news, Congress passed a major tax reform bill last month. Senator Deb Fischer drew attention to a provision within the tax bill that she pushed for that would encourage small businesses to offer workers up to 12 weeks of paid family leave in exchange for a tax credit as big as 25 percent of the employee’s salary.

Read the Lincoln Journal Star’s coverage of Senator Fischer’s provision here:

The Legislative Issues Committee continues to follow developments that could impact advertising and communication decisions locally. Here is recent coverage on the Internet Privacy rules, which continue to make headlines given its potential impacts.
Happening at the State and Local levels

The 105th Nebraska Legislature Convenes with Leadership Changes and Week 1 Bill Introduction Activity

The Nebraska Legislature began its 60-day second session on January 3, 2018. Lawmakers welcomed Omaha Sen. Theresa Thibodeau, who was appointed to replace former Sen. Joni Craighead. Read the full report below.

Nebraska Legislature Introduces 119 Bills to Open Second Session

Senators convened Jan. 3 to introduce 119 bills. Here are the top ten called out on the Legislature’s website.

Meet Your State Senator!

Would you like to meet your state senator and help them understand your industry? Then make plans to participate in AAF’s Legislative Day activities! On February 7 from about 11:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m., we will host a small lunch at the State Capitol in Lincoln where we’ll hear about some important issues moving through our state legislature, receive some tips and talking points about effectively communicating the value of the marketing and advertising industry to our communities, and then hold brief 15-minute meetings with our state representatives.
Meet and Greet Event Coming Up!

AAF’s annual Meet and Greet event is a great opportunity to get to know your state representatives and let them know about your industry and business concerns. Plan to join us on Wednesday, February 7 at Billy’s Tavern from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

If you are interested in participating, please email AAF Legislative Chair Nicole Schmoll at

The Legislative Issues Committee will continue to follow national issues, the State’s Unicameral Update and local news stories pertinent to advertising, communications and public relations industries and report on further developments in future issues of AdMuse.

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