Legislative Committee Update – May 2017

Tammy_Williams_2015_cropContributed by Tammy Williams, AAF Omaha Board Member and Legislative Issues Chair

Happening at the National level

The Legislative Issues Committee continues to follow developments that could impact advertising and communication decisions locally. Here is recent coverage following the latest on the FCC’s internet privacy ruling, initially advanced in October 2016 under the Obama administration and statements issued by industry leaders as this ruling positions for repeal under the Trump administration.

Advertising’s 4A’s welcomed incoming president Marla Kaplowitz
April 24, 2017

The American Association of Advertising Agencies, also known as the 4A’s, one of the ad industry’s national trade association representing U.S. advertising agencies, is celebrating 100 years of counsel and advocacy for U.S advertising firms. The 4A’s recently named a new incoming CEO. Learn more about the organization’s incoming president and the 4A’s below.

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New Heineken “Worlds Apart” and discussing differences authentically
As The Independent writes, “Brands taking on social and political matters doesn’t have to be cringeworthy, as evidenced by this new Heineken advert which achieves what Pepsi was presumably aiming for with its Kendall Jenner protest ad…” (see last month’s AdMuse).

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The First Amendment Appears in Arabic in Campaign From the ACLU

Constitutional Words Protecting Free Speech, Religions Appears in Three Languages
April 4, 2017

Emergence Creative’s black and white campaign for the American Civil Liberties Union showcases the empowering effect of the First Amendment in any language, with out-of-home billboards and posters that feature the words written in English, Spanish and Arabic. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what language you speak. ’We the People’ means everyone,” the ACLU’s Anthony Romero said.

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Happening at the State and Local levels
May 4, 2017

As the 2017 Nebraska Legislative Session nears its conclusion, some notable bills that have recently passed which could impact the advertising and marketing community.

Mainline budget bill advances after cloture
April 27, 2017

After more than eight hours of debate spanning two days, lawmakers voted April 26 to cease debate and advance the state’s mainline budget bill to select file.
Read details on this update below:


Riverfront development authority bill approved
May 3, 2017

A new economic development tool aimed at riverfront areas was given final approval May 3.

Read details on this update below:


Omaha will head to the general election Tuesday, May 9 after April primary advances incumbent Mayor Jean Stothert and challenger, Heath Mello
May 4, 2017

Read the latest mayoral election coverage here:



Additional information on the Nebraska Legislature and key dates:

  • As a reminder, the Nebraska Legislative session will last 90 legislative days and is tentatively scheduled to adjourn June 2.
  • A complete list of bills introduced thus far is available at gov.

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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