March 26, 2009

Jeff Perlman, Chief Operating Officer
Clark Rector Jr., Senior Vice President – State Government Affairs
Robert Kohlmeyer, Manager – Government Affairs

Bill Expanding Scope of School Nutrition Standards Introduced

Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., has introduced a bill that would amend the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 by modifying national nutrition standards for food and drinks sold in schools and expand the scope of the restrictions to include products available outside of cafeterias, including vending machines and after school events. H.R. 1324, the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act, would modify a 1966 law requiring nutrition standards in schools. The bill has 89 cosponsors. No hearings have been scheduled in the House Education and Labor Committee.
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Senator Introduced Bill Permitting Newspapers to Operate as Nonprofits

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., has introduced legislation that would permit some local newspapers to restructure as nonprofit organizations, in a similar manner as public television and radio stations. According to Cardin, the bill’s intent is “to preserve local newspapers serving communities and not large newspaper conglomerates.” This shift would exempt advertising and circulation revenue from taxation. If newspapers chose to restructure, they would no longer be allowed to make political endorsements, but could still report on all issues, including politics.
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Former FTC Chairman Majoras Calls On Advertisers to Fight for Self-Regulation

Former Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras, speaking to an advertising industry audience, urging the ad industry to fight for self-regulation. Majoras said that the failure of the banking industry has led “to a more skeptical outlook from policymakers about self-regulation,” but noted that “the industry has been far more responsible than we get credit for. It’s time we backed up rhetoric with facts.” She called on advertisers to take the initiative to be responsible in their campaigns, rather than waiting passively for regulatory mandates. Majoras is currently the general counsel at Procter & Gamble.
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