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.

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.

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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.

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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.”. The publication reports that all of the major U.S.

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.

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. National Association of State Workforce Agencies.

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.

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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. Over 82 percent of ASAE’s DC-based members are smaller than 50 employees and are required to enter the healthcare exchange program.

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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. In comments to Law360 [subscription], the Association of Research Libraries’ Krista L.

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.

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.

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.

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. percent of the association’s members, or 7,212 people, voted in the election. Other Links of Note.

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. A lot of people felt that way.

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. Don’t know where to find your polling place? Need details about what’s on your local ballot?

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. 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.

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.

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. associate director of public policy at ASAE. “It’s

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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. But the problem is, not many of us use TTYs anymore.”.

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.

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.

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.

Banking Associations Call for Changes to CFPB Structure

Associations Now

In a letter to Senate leaders, the heads of four banking industry associations argued that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should be led by a bipartisan commission, rather than an individual director.

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.

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.

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.

GAO Report Looks at Lobbyists’ Compliance

Associations Now

Based on the audit, GAO estimated that 88 percent of lobbyists filed initial LD-2 reports as required for new lobbying registrations, and 93 percent could provide documentation for income and expenses.

IMPORTANT: Only 5 days left until Give2TheMax Day!!

SocialFish

Here are just a few MORE of the nonprofits you can help in this massive one-day regional fundraising effort. We’re hoping to raise millions of dollars for local DC/MD/VA nonprofits – help us get them on the roster

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.

DACA Rollback: Groups Pledge to Help Dreamers, Push for Legislative Solution

Associations Now

91 % The percentage of DACA recipients who are employed, according to recent data from the Mark Zuckerberg-backed pro-immigration group FWD.us. Since the decision was announced, 15 states and the District of Columbia have sued to block Trump’s move.).

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 FAA has been working on rules to govern commercial uses of drones, also called UAVs, since 2009.

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. As it stands, 47 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S.

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Mandatory Member Dues

SCD Group

Disclosure: my first job out of college was as a news reporter for The Associated Press. When I read the USA Today article outlining the various positions about the case of mandatory dues, I looked at it from the perspective of an association professional. The U.S.

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 District of Columbia Department of Health is also listed as a corporate partner.

ASAE Opposes DC’s “Option 36? in Tax Code Revisions

Associations Now

ASAE wants officials considering changes to the District of Columbia’s tax code to know that “Option 36″ should not be an option for raising additional revenue for the city.

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Public Transit Group: No “Fatal Flaws” Stopping DC Streetcar

Associations Now

The District of Columbia has a long way to go before its troubled streetcar program can get off the ground, but an analysis by the American Public Transportation Association indicates that the problems ailing the system can definitely be fixed.

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Greening the Economy

Plexus Consulting

A study conducted by the Worldwatch Institute and Cornell University Global Labor Institute demonstrates the emergence of a “Green Economy,” one that promises to positively impact the 21st century workforce. Recently, the popularity of “Green” jobs has skyrocketed, especially among the younger generation. Department of Education will provide $48.6 By Steven Worth Though the current economic downturn has negatively affected many, a new industrial sector is on the rise.

Thursday Buzz: A Cannabis-Flavored Bar Association

Associations Now

Plus: Twitter gives users more control of who they block. So far, 23 states and the District of Columbia have moved on laws related to medical marijuana, decriminalization, or legalization. ” Most of the board members are based in the western U.S.,

DC Tattoo Artists Petition to Stop Proposed Regulations

Associations Now

For a second time in a year, Washington’s tattoo shops and artists say, the Health Department has proposed rules that show a basic lack of understanding of their work. This would effectively make all tattooing a violation of the regulations.