Advocacy Blog

  • 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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  • Senators Announce Pending Ex-Im Bank Legislation

    by Lamar Whitman | Feb 26, 2015
    Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) appeared on a Hill Panel yesterday to announce the pending introduction of legislation (Kirk-Manchin Bill) that would extend the Ex-Im Bank authorization, currently set to expire on June 30, 2015. Similar legislation –H.R. 597 – the “Reform Exports and Expand the American Economy Act” – introduced
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  • Connecticut Act to Improve Data Security and Agency Effectiveness

    by Russ Guarna | Feb 25, 2015
    On February 19, Senate and House leadership filed a data security proposal at the request of Governor Dan Malloy (D-CT). The bill, SB 949, was introduced in response to the Anthem Insurance breach, and is now part of the Governor’s budget. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen (D), who has been leading the state’s investigation into
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  • Texas Governor Delivers State of the State: Highlights STEM, Workforce Development, Research Investment, Transparency and Accountability

    by Sarah Matz | Feb 19, 2015
    Last Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) delivered his 2015 State of the State address to a joint session of the Texas House and Senate. In his remarks, Governor Abbott laid out his legislative priorities and detailed a roadmap to achieve his agenda. The Governor also announced five emergency items: early education, higher education research
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  • House Legislation: Small Business Expensing would be Made Permanent

    by Lamar Whitman | Feb 18, 2015
    The House of Representatives has passed H.R. 636, “America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015.” This legislation would permanently reinstate the 2014 small business expensing limitation of $500,000. The limitation was decreased to $25,000 beginning on 2015. TechAmerica has long called for the higher $500,000 limitation to be permanently extended.
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  • Need for Contracting Reforms in the State of Texas

    by Sarah Matz | Feb 17, 2015
    State of Texas technology contracts—specifically Texas Cooperative Contracts—have recently drawn increased scrutiny from the Governor’s office, legislators, and media. As lawmakers work to craft appropriate solutions and reforms, TechAmerica, the public policy arm of CompTIA, has expressed its support for the transparency and accountability measures outlined by Governor Abbott, Speaker Straus, and the proposed bills by Senator Nelson and Rep. Price in SB 353 and HB 1027.
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  • Top Highlights of the 2015 TechAmerica D.C. Fly In

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 13, 2015
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  • In the 114th Congress, tech issues could unite Republicans, Democrats on growth

    by Tom Still | Feb 13, 2015
    Even in a city where partisanship is a way of life, there are glimmers of hope that 2015 will be a year in which Congress gets down to work on issues that drive the nation’s $1 trillion information technology economy.
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