Biden Calls on Congress to Pass Voting Rights Bill

President Biden this week forcefully condemned a wave of voting restrictions proposed in Republican-led states and called on Congress to pass federal legislation addressing the issue. Speaking at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Biden said the spate of state-based election reform proposals is “the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War.”… Read more »

ASAE Urges TN Governor to Veto Anti-LGBTQ Bill

ASAE delivered a letter to Tennessee Governor Bill Lee today urging him to veto a bill that would require businesses and public facilities in the state to post signs if they allow transgender and other non-binary people to use the restroom in their establishment that matches their gender identity. The bill (House Bill 1182) was… Read more »

MD Makes Changes to Digital Ad Tax

State legislators in Maryland approved legislation this week making substantive changes to a first-in-the-nation tax on digital advertising, though business groups still strongly oppose the bill. The bill passed by the state Senate on Monday delays the tax’s effective date from Jan. 1, 2021 to Jan. 1, 2022, creates an exemption for broadcasters and news… Read more »

ASAE Issues Statement on State Voting Reform Laws

In response to a proliferation of voting reform legislation under consideration in multiple states, ASAE today issued a statement on values and principles that should guide lawmakers. A newly enacted voting law in Georgia has been challenged in a federal lawsuit filed this week by the ACLU and civil rights groups, but more than 250… Read more »

Digital Ad Tax Bills Rapidly Proliferating at State Level

With the COVID-19 pandemic exerting enormous budget pressure on state and local governments, more states under tight fiscal restraints are looking to raise revenue by taxing online advertising. Taxing internet ads could raise a lot of money, but business groups strongly oppose the proposals, citing free speech concerns and the negative impact the tax would… Read more »