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Legislative Advocacy

Another important role of the Advocacy Committee is responding to proposed laws that impact photographers and lobbying accordingly.

Federal Legislation

NPPA submits comments in response to a request from the U.S Office of Management and Budget through the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) for written recommendations regarding intellectual property violations and enforcement NPPA – IPEC Comment 03-23-10 Final

NPPA visits Capital Hill on a regular basis and is involved in federal legislative advocacy efforts with the support of our pro-bono counsel at the prestigious firm of Covington & Burling. Recent legislative lobbying issues have included:

State Legislation

  • Iowa- A law that would ban photography of farms without the consent of the property owner bill passed the House, committee in other chamber, and is still being considered. The Iowa legislative session ended without enacting the bill. http://blogs.nppa.org/advocacy/2011/03/18/iowa/
  • Texas- A lawsuit that targets someone for exercising their First Amendment rights is called a “SLAPP suit.” NPPA Attorney Alicia Wagner Calzada was involved in extensive lobbying efforts to get a strong “Anti-SLAPP” bill passed in Texas. Almost 30 U.S. juridictions now have an anti-SLAPP law, with Texas now having one of the strongest (there is also new anti-SLAPP for DC). The committee is considering getting involved in an effort for a federal Anti-SLAPP law. For more information go to http://www.slappedintexas.com.