Posts Under: legislation

The So-Called “Cadillac Tax” Must Go

The Affordable Care Act contains the first-ever tax on employee health benefits.  Starting in 2018, it will require companies to pay a tax of 40% on the value of the health benefits provide to their workers above a certain threshold.  For a single person, the limit is $10,200; for families, it is $27,500.

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Senator Wyden Prevails on Mandatory Reporting of Terrorist Activity

On Monday, Senate leaders dropped a provision from the Senate’s 2016 Intelligence Authorization bill that would have created an obligation for social media companies and others to report undefined “terrorist activity” to the U.S. government.  This is a big relief.  SIIA recently came out strongly opposed to the proposal saying, “This terrible idea would bring innocent people under government surveillance for protected expression, while doing nothing to make us safer.  The Senate should drop the provision.”  We are delighted that they have done so.

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Student Privacy Legislation

As Congress considers student privacy legislation in the waning days of this session, it is important to keep in mind two major points.  First, strong, multi-layered protections are already in place: current law, contracts, and voluntary industry commitments are all working together to safeguard student privacy.  In particular, current law already forbids using student information for targeted advertising, and the industry is in compliance with this prohibition.

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At SIIA Event with Chairman Goodlatte, Industry Urges Immediate Passage of Patent Reform

On September 9, 2015, SIIA’s Senior Vice President for Public Policy, Mark MacCarthy hosted a Hill event with the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to urge the immediate passage of patent reform legislation.  SIIA strongly and vocally supports passage of the Innovation Act so that patent trolls can no longer use abusive litigation tactics to stifle innovation and growth of small and large businesses alike.  Chairman Goodlatte reassured the audience that the patent bill would move to the House floor “soon.”

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