Social Media Uber Alles

Beekeeper Group

We talk a lot about the use of social media for advocacy campaigns here at Beekeeper Group, but yesterday we saw a local issue absolutely explode on social media. The resulting tsunami of tweets, Facebook posts, and emails directed at the District of Columbia Council forced them to backpedal a proposed piece of legislation that would have imposed an inflated minimum base fare for the smart-phone dispatched sedan service, Uber.

CrossFit, Trainer Groups Disagree on DC Personal Trainer Regulations

Associations Now

Forthcoming regulations for personal trainers in the District of Columbia have many in the industry—particularly those affiliated with CrossFit—concerned about the long-term effects of the new rules. But a coalition of trainer groups is supporting the regulations. In the nation’s capital, a set of potential regulations could shake up the personal training industry—and one popular firm in the space wants to ensure it doesn’t get muscled out.

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Coalition Files Amicus Brief Supporting Association Health Plan Rule

Associations Now

A coalition of associations, including ASAE, is supporting the government’s request that a court dismiss a lawsuit challenging Labor Department regulations for association health plans. ASAE and the Coalition to Protect and Promote Association Health Plans filed an amicus brief in federal court Wednesday supporting the Department of Labor’s authority to issue its final AHP regulations last summer.

Election Day is coming: Be prepared and patient—with your vote and in your community


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted so many aspects of our lives—from how we work, shop, and socialize to how we relax, entertain ourselves, and teach our children. For many of us, how we vote on Election Day is about to change too.

Groups Concerned Pending Texas Bill Could Weaken LGBTQ Protections

Associations Now

A coalition of business groups and convention and tourism leaders, which includes ASAE, is expressing concern that a pending bill in the Texas Legislature could weaken protections for the state’s LGBTQ workers. ASAE is joining a coalition of business and tourism groups in voicing concern that a pending bill in the Texas Legislature would weaken protections for LGBTQ workers in the state.

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No Smoking on Planes: Lung Association Reflects on Major Legislative Win

Associations Now

This week, the association celebrates the anniversary of that achievement—and looks forward to the steps it hopes to take next. Before we got rid of smoking in restaurants, we got rid of smoking on airplanes. That first step helped turn secondhand smoke from a ( cough, hack ) fact of life into a ( deep breath ) rare occurrence. And the American Lung Association (ALA) is proud of its role in making that happen 25 years ago this week.

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Airline Industry Makes Room for Nonbinary IDs

Associations Now

With a number of states allowing individuals to register their gender under a nonbinary status, the airline industry is likewise adjusting its flight-booking terminology beyond “male” and “female.”. As the public perception of gender changes, so too will the airline industry—in a small, but significant way. The publication reports that all of the major U.S. ” A4A cited the use of these identity cards as part of the reason it made the shift. “[We’re]

DC Health Exchange Causing Headaches for Associations, Small Businesses

Associations Now

Small businesses in the District are concerned with the technological flaws and potential cost of the city’s small-business health options program. The Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Health and Human Services—the group that oversees the city’s Health Benefit Exchange Authority—held a performance oversight hearing last week to gauge how things are going with the District’s healthcare exchange.

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Geophysical Scientists Take Red Pencils to Wikipedia

Associations Now

By inviting its scientists to a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, the American Geophysical Union helped to boost the quality of the Earth and space science information available to the public. You’ve heard of telethons, dance-a-thons, and hackathons. It’s an event that makes sense for a giant content repository like Wikipedia, which encourages groups of experts to collaborate to review and enhance the online encyclopedia’s content in their specialty areas.

Supreme Court Arguments in Antitrust Case Set for December 7

Associations Now

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments December 7 in an antitrust class action dispute over whether membership and governance rights in a trade association are enough to constitute a conspiracy in the event of anticompetitive behavior. The lower court decision puts a target on the backs of associations of all kinds, as well as their members. The justices announced that they will hold arguments next month in a case that has major implications for associations.

Corporate Travel Buyers Say New TSA Rules Really, Really Confusing

Associations Now

On the Lighter Side Most association executives know the District of Columbia is a real place, but apparently that doesn’t extend to TSA agents. The agent didn’t know what the District of Columbia is. TSA said it would improve training of agents so they know what a DC license looks like. A lot of people felt that way. That’s what an email study by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives found.

Library Groups Seek to Support FCC in Net Neutrality Case

Associations Now

A coalition of library organizations has stepped into the legal showdown between the Federal Communications Commission and the telecommunications industry over open internet rules. As the Federal Communications Commission defends its net neutrality ruling in the courts, it has some big-name supporters from the world of libraries. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the groups emphasized that their goal is to protect library patrons’ rights to access content.

Thursday Buzz: Now That’s a Close Vote

Associations Now

Here’s a nice bit of evidence you can share the next time your association has an election and you need to prove that voting is actually worth your members’ time. On Monday, the District of Columbia Bar announced the results of its elections, and the two main presidential candidates were separated by just 35 votes, according to Legal Times. percent of the association’s members, or 7,212 people, voted in the election. Other Links of Note.

Cannabis Conundrum: Pharmacists Investigate How to Manage Medical Marijuana

Associations Now

The National Association of Specialty Pharmacists is launching a task force to look into how these and other healthcare professionals can better assist patients in managing their medical marijuana use. An association representing specialty pharmacists wants to create more uniformity and standards of care around the pharmaceutical management of medical marijuana. Department of Justice.

A Batty Idea: Why Wind Turbines Are Slowing Down This Fall

Associations Now

With the backing of the American Wind Energy Association, 17 different turbine manufacturers announced last week that they would limit production this fall. To get out of the way of migrating bats. American wind power is strongly committed to producing one of the safest and cleanest forms of energy, for people and wildlife. American wind power is strongly committed to producing one of the safest and cleanest forms of energy, for people and wildlife.”

ASAE Testifies on DC’s Revised Paid Leave Act

Associations Now

Following a new discussion draft being released on the District of Columbia’s proposed Universal Paid Leave Act, ASAE testified before the DC Council saying the revised bill would still create problems for association employers and employees in the city. ASAE testified before the DC Council on February 11 on the District of Columbia’s newly revised plan to establish a paid family and medical leave benefit for private-sector employees in the city.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.24.21

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. They’re not sexy but the success of any technology project depends on the thoroughness of the requirements process, says Fionta. Skip down to the list of free webinars if you prefer takeout.

DC Commission Considering Business Tax on All Employers

Associations Now

As the District reviews its tax code and seeks higher revenue, a new tax on nongovernmental employers is being considered. It could affect the bottom lines of all DC-based associations. A “local services tax” on nongovernmental employers is among 63 tax policy options being considered by the District of Columbia Tax Revision Commission, according to a letter posted last month on the commission’s website [PDF]. associate director of public policy at ASAE. “It’s

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Could “Safe Phone Zones” Help Stop Distracted Driving?

Associations Now

That appears to be the strategy that the state of Illinois is taking as it adds six “ Safe Phone Zones ” to the Illinois Tollway in the coming weeks. And a network of “Texting Zones” showed up in New York state in 2013. In 2013, a GHSA study [PDF] found that 43 states and the District of Columbia were treating the issue more seriously than they had in the past.

Internet Association Wants to Help You ‘Get to the Polls’

Associations Now

It’s less than a week until Election Day, and if you’re in search of your nearest polling location or a sample ballot, a new resource from the Internet Association may be just the ticket. The new site, which is supported by a number of tech giants including AOL, Facebook, Google, Meetup, Tumblr, and Twitter, uses data from Google’s Civic Information application programming interface (API) to generate voter information once a user has submitted his or her address. “We

Supreme Court to Hear Membership-Related Antitrust Case

Associations Now

The Supreme Court agreed last week to hear an antitrust class action dispute —in which ASAE filed an amicus brief earlier this year—over whether membership and governance rights in a trade association are enough to constitute a conspiracy in the event of anticompetitive behavior. The Supreme Court, which is currently shorthanded due to Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February, will hear the case sometime after its summer recess and before the end of the calendar year.

Furloughed Federal Workers Get Help from Associations

Associations Now

The partial federal shutdown—now a full month in—may be providing furloughed employees a lot of heartache, but associations are doing their part to offer a reprieve to these workers, who often play a central role in the way they operate. It’s part of a broader effort that has also seen private businesses offering services to federal workers who are struggling to make ends meet while their paycheck remains in limbo. National Association of State Workforce Agencies.

IA Launches The SITARA Map Assessing U.S. States’ And Territories’ Cybersecurity Posture And IT Modernization Efforts


SITARA uses an established baseline of participation in programs recommended by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Three states achieved a score of “Very Good,” 24 states achieved a score of “Good,” while 24 states are still “Getting Started.”

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.5.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… When I was in charge of getting a new AMS back at my old association, I had no idea how to approach selection and implementation. They walk you through some of the fundamental steps of AMS selection, including the RFP (and RFI) process. Membership for most is an online experience, but your local chapters and affiliates offer the luxury of “human engagement.”

911 Outages Show Need for System Upgrades, Group Says

Associations Now

Accessibility Challenge The failure of many 911 systems to stay up to date has also created an accessibility problem: Many such systems are difficult for functionally deaf Americans to use, Mother Jones recently reported. Claude Stout, executive director of Telecommunications for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, says federal regulations under the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act were set for a technology that’s rarely used in the mobile era.

The Group Lobbying the States for a Presidential Popular Vote

Associations Now

to a system that gets away from the electoral college in national elections, has been putting in the work to support a nationwide popular election of the president. Once states representing more than half of all electoral votes sign on to the compact, state-level laws would require that states automatically hand their electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote—effectively nullifying the electoral college without the need for a congressional amendment.

Coalition Warns of Ripple Effects From Ruling on Association Health Plans

Associations Now

The Coalition to Protect and Promote Association Health Plans warned that a court decision last week overturning Labor Department rules for AHPs could result in thousands of people losing health insurance coverage. An immediate stop to AHPs would result in thousands of people losing their current healthcare coverage,” the coalition said in a news release. Ruling in a lawsuit filed by the attorneys general of 11 states and the District of Columbia, U.S.

Amid Partial Shutdown, Groups Step In, Speak Up for National Parks

Associations Now

A number of national parks have suffered severe declines in service—and have faced closures—as a result of the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government. The partial government shutdown, which has been ongoing for nearly two weeks during a largely quiet holiday season, nonetheless had some sharp effects on one part of the government that usually thrives during downtime—the National Park System.

For-Profit College Trade Group Sues Over New Guidelines

Associations Now

Just days after the Education Department presented a new “gainful employment” rule targeted at for-profit colleges, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities filed a lawsuit claiming that the rules violate federal law. ” The association is concerned that the debt-to-earnings ratio that the new rule relies on is overly demanding and that if such standards were applied to public schools or nonprofit universities, more than a quarter of such schools would fail.

Meat Industry Suffers Another Setback in Labeling Lawsuit

Associations Now

An industry lawsuit to stop a USDA rule requiring country-of-origin labeling on meat products hit a roadblock this week, as an appeals court ruled in favor of the agency—for a second time. Department of Agriculture’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule suffered another setback this week, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that the rule did not constitute compelled speech.

FCC Chair Outlines New Net Neutrality Approach

Associations Now

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler says that the agency is still committed to proposing open-internet rules in the wake of a court decision invalidating its previous standards, but his agency is still working on the details. Circuit recognized the importance of the Open Internet Order’s ban on blocking internet traffic, but ruled that the commission had not provided sufficient legal rationale for its existence,” Wheeler wrote in a statement.

GAO Report Looks at Lobbyists’ Compliance

Associations Now

The GAO report , released March 24, reviews the results of an annual audit of a sample of quarterly LD-2 reports, which disclose how much money an organization spends on lobbying as well as the specific issues or bills they worked on, and a sample of semiannual LD-203 reports, which disclose contributions from lobbyists to candidates for office. However, 31 percent of filers did not correctly follow LDA guidance to round to the nearest $10,000 on their reports.

Police Association Helping Women Reach New Law Enforcement Heights

Associations Now

12 % The percentage of police officers in the U.S. out of 700,000) who are women, according to 2011 data supplied to the FBI. And with the help of one association, the trend is growing. And the rise of women in in D.C. law enforcement goes beyond a few high-profile leadership roles: According to Lanier, women make up 22 percent of the MPD force. That’s a slight increase from 11.2 percent a decade earlier.

Medical Foundation Launches Campaign to Improve Diabetes Care

Associations Now

With Type 2 diabetes among the most prominent chronic diseases, the latest campaign by the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Foundation promises to help out a lot of people. The foundation, AMGA’s philanthropic arm, is launching Diabetes: Together 2 Goal , a collaboration between medical groups, local health systems, and industry partners that aims to improve the care of 1 million Type 2 diabetes patients by 2019.

Retailers Push for Uniform Data-Breach Notification Law

Associations Now

Consumer Confidence While most Americans are well aware of the numerous data breaches that have hit retailers, banks, and other companies, they are not changing their shopping habits, according to a new survey. Data from IT governance association ISACA found that 94 percent of American consumers were familiar with the breaches reported over the past year. As it stands, 47 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S.

Mike Panetta Featured in #SPA80for80

Beekeeper Group

Have you met Mike Panetta , one of the Partners here at Beekeeper Group? As a proud graduate of American University’s School of Public Affairs, Mike was interviewed to celebrate the program’s 80th anniversary this year. As a founding partner of Beekeeper Group , he provides strategic direction to the firm’s overall growth and development and leads a number of the firm’s non- profit, trade association, and political clients.

Decision Striking Down Registration Rule Reopens Drone Debate

Associations Now

The court agreed with Taylor, who argued that because the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act prohibits regulation of “model aircraft,” the rule was invalid. “Congress is of course always free to repeal or amend its 2012 prohibition on FAA rules regarding model aircraft. In any event, we must follow the statute as written,” Judge Brett Kavanaugh wrote for a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [PDF].

Commercial Drone Pilots Group Gets Airborne Quickly

Associations Now

The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International supports their bid for exemption from the current ban on commercial uses of drones. “The use of small UAS will likely lead to increased safety over manned aircraft and allow production companies to get new shots that have never before been possible,” the association stated in comments to the agency. The FAA has been working on rules to govern commercial uses of drones, also called UAVs, since 2009.

Lawmakers Seek Info on Health Exchange Navigators

Associations Now

‘Navigators’ are going to have access to sensitive taxpayer information, increasing the risks of identity theft for millions of Americans. Two members of the House of Representatives are asking Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to provide more information on what role “navigators” will play in helping consumers shop for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and New York SHIELD Act for Associations, Nonprofits, and Other 501(c) Organizations


In 2018, the European Union (EU) implemented the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to put consumers in charge of their data and establish data privacy best practices. (Of Of course, it’s a little more complicated than that. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) , all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. When and how does a business have to notify affected individuals of a breach?