Advocacy Blog

  • Louisiana Business Groups Disappointed by Outcome of 2015 Session

    by Sarah Matz | Jun 25, 2015
    In an effort to fill a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, the Louisiana legislature ended its session with a final budget that eliminates several business tax credits.
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  • Texas Governor Signs Business Tax Cuts Into Law

    by Sarah Matz | Jun 25, 2015
    Last Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a $2.56 billion bill cutting the franchise tax rate paid by businesses by 25 percent. The bill, House Bill 32, by state Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, was endorsed by CompTIA (formerly TechAmerica) and signed by Abbott at the Austin office of AMD, a California-based chipmaker.
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  • Governor Signs California Budget That Boosts Technology Education Funding

    by Kara Bush | Jun 24, 2015
    Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a revised budget proposal sent to him by the California State Legislature that seeks to ensure a reasonable spending plan with sound investments to secure California’s future.
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  • Internet Tax Freedom Act Up in U.S. House

    by CompTIA Staff | Jun 08, 2015
    The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA) H.R. 235, is scheduled to be addressed by the House of Representative on Tuesday, June 9. Currently, the Internet Tax Freedom Act is set to expire on October 1, 2015, as extended by the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015,” enacted in December 2014. The original legislation banning Internet access taxes was first enacted in 1998, and since then has been extended multiple times, each time with overwhelming bipartisan support.
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  • Florida Legislature to Hold Special Session

    by CompTIA Staff | Jun 08, 2015
    Although Florida’s Legislature adjourned its annual session, it failed to pass a budget, and returned for a Special Session June 1 through June 20, 2015. The agenda for the special session will include budget and conforming bills, health care reform legislative priorities and tax relief. The Legislature must pass a balanced budget by June 30th.
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  • New and Emerging Technologies Committee Update

    by David Logsdon | Jun 05, 2015
    Since our May 6th Committee kickoff meeting featuring US Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil, the NET Committee leadership has been hard at work building up the Committee’s portfolio. Here’s the latest:
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  • Action Alert: Support Reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank

    by CompTIA Staff | Jun 03, 2015
    Since 2007, almost 9,000 companies have used the Export-Import Bank (“Ex-Im”) to finance export sales, including almost 6,000 small businesses. In 2014, Ex-Im made over 3,7000 authorizations and more than 3000-or nearly 90 percent-directly served U.S. small businesses.
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  • Developing Partnerships Key to Advancing Policy Efforts

    by Bob Moore | Apr 29, 2015
    This month, Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council discussed with us the importance of developing partnerships within the community and media to advance Wisconsin’s advocacy efforts and assist in the development, growth and success of technology-based businesses in Wisconsin.
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  • Maine Buy American Legislation Advances

    by Kevin Callahan | Apr 27, 2015
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  • Update on Maine Cell Phone Labeling Bill

    by Kevin Callahan | Apr 27, 2015
    As expected, the Maine Joint Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications gave a divided report (not unanimous) on LD 883 during a work session on April 16. The Committee voted 7-4 that LD 883 “ought not to pass.” Both the Senate and House chairs voted for the majority report.
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  • TechAmerica Supports TPA Fast Track Trade Legislation

    by Lamar Whitman | Apr 16, 2015
    TechAmerica supports bipartisan legislation introduced today in both the Senate and House by Senators Hatch and Wyden and Congressman Ryan. The “Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015” (TPA-2015) would renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which allows the administration to submit negotiated trade agreements to Congress for an up or down vote, which provides more assurance in the negotiation process.
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  • Data Breach Bill Advances to House Floor

    by Elizabeth Hyman | Apr 16, 2015
    Yesterday the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015 by a vote of 29-20. We continue to support an effort to pass a federal preemption of state data breach laws to ensure that companies are subject to one notification requirement instead of a patchwork of laws – many of which are inconsistent with each other.
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  • Ex-Im Bank Must be Extended – Authority Ends on June 30

    by Lamar Whitman | Apr 10, 2015
    Congress should act quickly on legislation to extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). Currently, its authority will end on June 30. Legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate that would extend the bank’s authority through 2019.
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  • Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act introduced in the House and Senate

    by Lamar Whitman | Mar 25, 2015
    Legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate to prevent discriminatory and duplicative taxes on digital goods and services, including online downloads of music, literature, movies, mobile apps, and cloud computing services. Modeled after legislation pending in the last Congress, “The Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act” would bring some certainty to
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  • Bipartisan Data Security and Data Breach Notification Bill

    by Matt Starr | Mar 18, 2015
    Last Thursday, Reps. Michael Burgess (R-TX), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Peter Welch (D-VT) circulated a draft of a long-anticipated bipartisan data security and data breach notification bill, and it was certainly worth the wait. This bill has been in the works for months, but several of its original co-sponsors retired or lost re-election last year
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  • Senate Judiciary Hearing Targets High-Skilled Immigration

    by Randi Parker | Mar 18, 2015
    Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary committee held a hearing entitled, “Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers.” As the name suggests, the goal of this hearing was to undercut the claims being made by an entire industry— that they cannot find the skilled workers they need in America and thus need to hire foreign workers - See more at: http://www.techamerica.org/senate-judiciary-hearing-targets-high-skilled-immigration/#sthash.rzlId1af.dpuf
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  • FCC: Process and Transparency Hearing

    by CompTIA Staff | Mar 17, 2015
    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing today entitled “FCC: Process and Transparency”. This hearing follows in the footsteps of the FCC’s historic ruling and subsequent release of their controversial open internet ruling. Chairman Tom Wheeler took the stand at today’s hearing to explain the process in which the Commission went through
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  • Marketplace Fairness Act re-introduced in the Senate

    by Lamar Whitman | Mar 11, 2015
    The Marketplace Fairness Act (“MFA”) was re-introduced in the Senate this week by Sens. Michael B. Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.). This bill is similar to legislation passed by the Senate (69-27) in May 2013. The MFA would require all remote sellers to collect and remit sales taxes for products and services sold
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  • California— Moving from paper to electronic submissions for IT Procurements

    by Russ Guarna | Mar 03, 2015
    While we have made great advancements in the tech field throughout the past few decades, State statutes struggle to keep pace with these changes. There are still several statutory requirements in the California IT Procurement Codes for submitting paper documents and posting of notices in public places. These practices require procurement professionals to process and
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  • State of California Procurement Workforce Development

    by Russ Guarna | Mar 02, 2015
    The difficulty and complexity in procuring large system integration projects is well known and will only become more challenging as an experienced government workforce retires and their successors are not fully trained. In an effort to be proactive and support the State’s procurement professionals, TechAmerica’s California Procurement Committee has proposed legislation to solve many of
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