October 02, 2014

Government Relations News-in-Brief

Association News

Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and John Thune(R-S.D.) recently announced a proposal which would allow consumers to pay for TV channels à la carte. The proposal was praised by the American Television Alliance, calling it a victory for consumers and a way to eliminate local blackouts for sports games (known as retransmission consent negotiations), but the National Association of Broadcasters questioned the plan, saying that the plan is not the best way to reform retransmission consent, and that there isn’t enough time to consider the plan before the end of the current session of Congress.

The embattled National Collegiate Athletic Association has been pouring lobbying money into the fight over student athlete compensation, according to OpenSecrets.org. The NCAA recently enlisted Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, and it has spent $240,000 on lobbying in 2014 alone, after spending $180,000 in all of 2013.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association recently voiced its support for the International Franchise Association’s motion against Seattle’s minimum wage law, on the basis that it unfairly discriminates against franchises. AH&LA filed an amicus brief in support of IFA. The brief included other prominent associations such as U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Restaurant Association.

Association of Government Relations Professionals lauded the White House’s recent decision to reverse part of its lobbying ban, allowing lobbyists to once again serve on government panels. In a statement, AGRP expressed its support, saying it was pleased that the government is no longer “preventing policy experts who happened to be registered lobbyists from participating in the policy making and advisory process.”

ASAE recently named Susan K. Neely, CAE, to chairman of ASAE. Neely, who is also CEO of the American Beverage Association as well as the TRENDS 2014 Association Executive of the Year, plans to use the bully pulpit of the post “to get more people excited about careers in the association business” echoing her remarks when she was honored by TRENDS.

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