American Humanist Association and the federal Bureau of Prisons settled a lawsuit filed by AHA that will allow inmates to celebrate Darwin Day and be afforded the same accommodations as inmates who believe in a deity. AHA filed the lawsuit last year on behalf of an inmate, saying the inmate and other humanist prisoners were prohibited from forming a study group at a federal prison in Oregon.
American Beverage Association, California Retailers Association and California State Outdoor Advertising Association are suing the city of San Francisco over a measure that bans soda ads on public property. Citing the First Amendment, ABA called it a “speech ban” in its lawsuit.
Motion Picture Association of America sued MovieTube, which the association alleges openly infringed copyrights, going so far as to admit the infringement on MovieTube’s own Facebook page. MPAA requested that MovieTube’s websites be taken down, damages be awarded to the plaintiffs, and domains owned by MovieTube be transferred to the plaintiffs. Users repors that many of the MovieTube’s websites already have been shut down. MovieTube is an online service run from a variety of websites that allows visitors to download or stream copyrighted movies.
California Construction Trucking Association changed its name to Western States Trucking Association. While founding members originally owned only dump trucks, association growth has been increasingly driven by trucking companies engaged in all modes of the industry seeking a strong advocate on issues directly affecting their ability to fairly compete in the marketplace.
National Beer Wholesalers Association is conducting a Share Your Story Contest for beer distribution employees who have never attended the NBWA annual convention. Beer distribution employees will submit a written entry explaining why they love working in the beer distribution industry. The winner will receive a complimentary trip to NBWA’s 78th annual convention, Oct. 11-14 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and will be recognized during the general session.
U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow, a past TRENDS Association Executive of the Year, reacted to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) announcement that he plans to completely rebuild LaGuardia Airport: "Vice President Biden's fortuitously infamous and plainspoken assessment of LaGuardia has helped bring about a very favorable result: an investment in the long-term health of the airport that will pay massive benefits for the New York region and even cascade throughout the country. We thank the vice president for his candor, and we congratulate Gov. Cuomo for having the vision and courage to press ahead with this ambitious plan. Our hope is that this marks the beginning of a national conversation on the interconnectedness of America's economy with its airport infrastructure."
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, will move its EXPO PACK México to Expo Bancomer Santa Fe, May 17-20. PMMI surveyed participants of this year’s event and 96 percent said they would attend EXPO PACK in the new venue, which is located in Mexico City. The event attracts more than 25,000 visitors and more than 1,000 exhibitor companies.
Florida Society of Association Executives named Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association CEO Paul Ledford its Executive of the Year for 2015 in front of more than 400 attendees at the recent FSAE annual meeting.
United airlines is partnering with Wyndham Hotels to offer a carbon tracking and offset program to its corporate clients. Corporate customers can now receive reports tracking emissions caused by their shipping and travel, and they can then purchase offsets that are provided through Sustainable Travel International.
IBTM America 2016, a hosted buyer event for meetings, will be June 15-17 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tenn.
Government Accountability Office detailed deficiencies in the IRS’s audit processes for tax-exempt organizations in a report that was released last week. GAO found “several areas” where the IRS Exempt Organizations Division’s internal controls for selecting groups for examination were not well designed or implemented. The report found that IRS processes could allow staff to deviate from standard procedures for selecting organizations for examination, and that EO management does not consistently monitor selection decisions to ensure fairness. IRS commissioner John Koskinen said at a hearing of the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee that the GAO report found no evidence of organizations being selected in an unfair or biased manner, but that the agency welcomes suggestions for improving its processes.
San Antonio (Texas) CVB executive director Casandra Matej earned the Certified Destination Management Executive designation. The CDME program is administered by Destination Marketing Association International.
Venable law firm is conducting a presentation and webinar on the “Top 10 ‘Must Have’ Provisions for Nonprofit Meeting Contracts,” noon-2 p.m. ET Aug. 6. Tprogram may be applied for 1.5 CAE credits. Details: www.venable.com.
Chuck Fazio (above) one of the best-known photographers in the association community, was named the first Artist-in-Residence for American Forests: "Chuck is a master photographer who has been shooting pictures for more than 40 years….[His] nature photography inspires viewers to appreciate the profound beauty of the natural world as well as to embrace a deeper understanding of the fragile connection between human life, wildlife and nature. Chuck recently accompanied American Forests on our ‘Winter In Yellowstone’ Expedition, capturing stunning photos of both the landscape and wildlife." He can be found at many association meetings running Chuck Fazio's Headshot Lounge.
Association for Behavioral Healthcare President Vicer DiGravio was elected to the board for the National Council for Behavioral Health.