We are pleased to share that HB 748 passed the Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee with all language related to certification and registration removed. Thanks to the Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee, Rep. Emerson, the bill author, and the Governor’s office for amending the bill to incorporate all changes that the association community had requested. The bill… Read more »

ASAE will host the 2018 Government Relations Symposium June 11 at the Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center in Washington, DC. At this year’s symposium, industry experts will explore issues and provide guidance on developing a proactive approach to meet your GR goals even during chaotic political times. The conference agenda provides two unique perspectives,… Read more »

The Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee has delayed consideration of Louisiana House Bill 748, the “Occupational Licensing Review Act,” until May 9. The bill was moving quickly through the Louisiana State Legislature last week before ASAE and many other associations with members in Louisiana expressed concern with the bill text. The bill as originally drafted would… Read more »

The Supreme Court is set to render some highly anticipated opinions as it approaches the end of the current term in June. The court is done with oral arguments but there are 39 cases argued since this term started in October that are still pending. Included among those cases are whether President Trump exceeded his… Read more »

ASAE and a small group of tax-exempt stakeholders met with Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) officials to discuss a provision in the new tax law affecting fringe benefits such as parking and transportation. This is the second meeting in the past two weeks that ASAE has held on fringe benefits, following a meeting last week… Read more »

The conservative majority on the Supreme Court signaled this week during oral arguments that they are inclined to allow the third iteration of President Trump’s travel ban to stand. The Supreme Court has already allowed the current ban, issued last fall, to go into effect while agreeing to address the question of whether Trump exceeded… Read more »

ASAE this week urged associations with members in Louisiana to weigh in with state legislators on a pending bill that would severely restrict the use of professional certifications or accreditations in the state. Louisiana House Bill 748, the “Occupational Licensing Review Act,” would prohibit use of the terms “certification” and “registration” for nongovernmental professional credentialing… Read more »

ASAE sent a letter to Treasury officials this week requesting a one-year delay in implementing a requirement in the new tax law that unrelated business income (UBI) be separately computed for each business activity. Previously, exempt organizations could report their UBI from all activities, deduct the related expenses and pay tax on the resulting net… Read more »

ASAE and a delegation of association representatives met with Treasury officials April 25 to discuss a provision in the new tax law affecting fringe benefits such as parking and transportation. ASAE submitted comments on fringe benefits late last month. The fringe benefits provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act removes a deduction for employer-provided… Read more »

Update – To view ASAE’s letter to HB 748 bill sponsor Rep. Julie Emerson click here. This letter was sent on April 26. —- Below please find more information on a Louisiana bill that, if enacted, could potentially prohibit many professionals in Louisiana from identifying themselves as holding a professional certification. Louisiana House Bill 748, the Occupational… Read more »