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Legislative Spotlight – December

Tammy_Williams_2015_cropContribution by Tammy Williams, AAF Omaha
Board Member and Legislative Issues Chair &
Teri Hamburger, AAF Omaha Executive Director

Your AAF Omaha Legislative Issues Committee has been meeting monthly advocating for our members and the rights of advertisers throughout Nebraska and western Iowa. Thank you to our strong committee for their dedication to keeping you informed on issues important to our industry.

AAF Omaha’s Legislative Issues 2016-2017 Committee Members
Tammy Williams, First National Bank
Kim Mickelson, Bozell
Penny Hatchell, Envoy, Inc.
Dave Webster, Webster
Ryan Horn, Sadler-Innocenzi

This year the committee is focusing on the following areas:

1. The Department of Labor’s new Overtime Rules and impact on advertising, marketing and PR firms.
2. Taxation across states and the requirements for advertising and marketing.
3. Allied industries and growing competition.

The following information was posted late last month about the lastest news on the status of the DOL Overtime Law – if you missed the story it can be found at http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/overtime-rule-231778

The Legislative Issues Committee will continue to follow the DOL Overtime Law issue and keep you updated after the first of the new year.
In late November, a federal court blocked the start of a rule that would have made as many as 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay.

The committee recently met with Michael Johnson from Bailey Lauerman. Michael serves as the AAF 9th District First Lieutenant Governor. Michael shared with our AAF Omaha Legislative Issues Committee highlights from the AAF Counsel of Governor’s meeting that recently took place in New York City. This meeting was held one week after the results of the Presidential election, and focused on possible lobbying topical areas with the incoming administration. One key focus will be tax reform via Ways & Means Committee, to determine if changes are forthcoming relative to the advertising industry. As a follow up the committee will reach out to local Nebraska senators to discuss the issue impacting Nebraska businesses.

The Legislative Issues Committee will continue to follow these issues and report on further development in future issues of AdMuse.

AAF Omaha