August 22, 2017
    Association News in Brief 7/20/17
    07/20/2017
    Association News: 

    Internet Association spoke out against Fight for the Future, after the latter group announced a campaign against legislators, including Rep. Steve Scales, R-La., who spoke in favor of Federal Communications Commission’s effort to repeal net neutrality rules, according to The Hill newspaper. “Accusing a Member of Congress of ‘betrayal’ while he’s recovering in the hospital is despicable. This type of advocacy is not what Internet Association and our member companies stand for,” the Internet Association said in a statement. Fight for the Future later said Scalise was mistakenly included on the list. The Louisianan Republican is recovering from gun shot wounds he received from a gunman, who targeted Republican legislators practicing for an annual congressional baseball game.

    ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and Australian-based Specialized Cleaning & Restoration Industry Association have voted to merger. SCRIA members will retain their SCRIA memberships on a local level while their benefits will expand to include ISSA membership benefits. In addition, SCRIA members will have the resource of a local management office within ISSA’s Oceania division, which is based in Botany, Australia.

    Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association changed its name to Detroit Sports Media and expanded its membership base to include sports writers, sports photographers, bloggers, public and media relations professionals, sports information directors and other sports-related professions. DSA also unveiled a new logo, website, benefits and initiatives. The nonprofit group has about 150 members and is hoping to drive that number past 200 in the next few months, said George Eichorn, executive director of DSM.

    Center for Media and Democracy is suing the Utah Attorney General's Office in District Court for emails and other correspondence with the Republican Attorneys General Association and the Rule of Law Defense Fund. CMD charges that the AG office is violating Utah's open records law. CMD says the two organizations coordinate events with the GOP AGs for its corporate members. The AG office would not comment, according to news sources.

    New York Association of Convenience Stores, Food Marketing Institute and Restaurant Law Center filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court to stop New York City from prematurely enforcing menu labeling rules requiring calorie and nutrient information prior to a May 2018 compliance date established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The lawsuit claims that New York’s premature enforcement is preempted by federal law.

    Congratulations: 

    Space Policy Institute - Director Scott Pace will become executive secretary of the National Space Council, effective July 13. 

    Events Industry Council - CEO Karen Kotowski, CAE, a Penn State graduate, has joined the Penn State School of Hospitality Management industry advisory board.

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