AAF-Houston Creative Matters! Special Bulletin - Government Report - March 16th, 2012

In an effort to provide our membership, and our advertising community with timely Governmental legislation, which directly or indirectly affects our industry, AAF-Houston is proud to pass along this AAF Government Report by  Clark Rector Jr., Executive Vice President – Government Affairs.

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AAF Government Report 
March 16, 2012

Clark Rector Jr., Executive Vice President – Government Affairs

Mississippi Bill Prohibiting State Advertising Dies

The bill introduced in the Mississippi Senate to prohibit state agencies from purchasing advertising time or space has died with no vote from the full Senate. The legislation would have applied to virtually all media in the state including radio and television, newspapers, magazines, the Internet, billboards and others. The measure was being pushed by the state’s powerful Lt. Governor, Tate Reeves (R). It was repeatedly pulled from the Senate agenda after being scheduled for votes. On March 15 the Senate sent the bill back to committee, killing it for the session. Local AAF members, led by Mississippi legislative chair Maggie Clark, and the Mississippi media were very vocal in their opposition to the legislation and effective in making their opinions know to lawmakers.

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AAF Writes to Hill on Privacy

AAF and many of our association partners have written a letter to congressional leaders updating them on the status of the industry’s self-regulatory efforts on privacy. It notes the Obama administration’s recent endorsement of industry codes of conduct. The letter urges Congress to be very cautious in pursuing legislation that may undermine the industry’s effect program. It also points out that industry codes are better able to quickly adapt to changing technologies, industry practices and consumer expectations.

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South Carolina Targets Sales Tax Exemptions

South Carolina House Republicans have unveiled a broad tax reform plan would eliminate many exemptions from the state sales tax rate while lowering the tax rate. While a full list of the exemptions to be eliminated has not been released, initial reports focus on narrow exemptions such as sales tax holidays and guns. AAF-Midlands president-elect David Campbell is keeping a close eye on the situation.

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