ASAE Opposes ‘Religious Refusal’ Bill in Texas

ASAE joined business and tourism leaders in Austin this week in opposing Senate Bill 17, a pending bill in the Texas Legislature that would weaken LGBTQ rights in the state. The bill, which would allow state-licensed professionals to deny services based on a “sincerely held religious belief,” advanced out of the Senate State Affairs Committee… Read more »

TX Bill Could Weaken LGBTQ Protections

ASAE is joining a coalition of business and tourism interests in voicing concern that a pending bill in the Texas Legislature would weaken protections for LGBTQ workers in the state. At issue is a proposed bill (Senate Bill 15) that would prohibit cities from requiring private companies to offer paid sick leave to their employees…. Read more »

Federal and State Privacy Legislation Gaining Steam

Federal and state lawmakers are stepping up efforts to pass legislation regulating how companies collect and use personal data. Calls for a national privacy law have gained force after some high-profile missteps last year like Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal and the enactment of sweeping privacy regulations in Europe that among other things require companies to… Read more »

Kasich Signs Amended Certification Bill in Ohio

Outgoing Ohio Governor John Kasich last Friday signed into law Senate Bill 255, which establishes a statewide policy on occupational regulations but was amended to address some concerns from the association community. ASAE commends the Professional Certification Commission (PCC) and some Ohio-based associations – in particular, the Ohio Society of Association Executives and the Ohio… Read more »

PCC, ALEC Meet to Discuss Licensing Reform

ASAE and other members of the Professional Certification Coalition (PCC) recently had a productive discussion with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which has pushed for occupational licensing reform legislation in the states. Bills introduced this year in Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio and Michigan have all used ALEC model legislative language. The meeting between PCC members… Read more »