Wednesday - June 20, 2018
Trade Associations

News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from national and international trade associations influencing the debate on federal policies.

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School Counselor Association Issues Statement on Separation of Immigrant Families
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, June 19 -- The American School Counselor Association issued the following statement on the separation of immigrant families:

"The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) condemns the separation of children from their families at U.S. borders."

"ASCA believes the role of school counselors and all educators is to eliminate barriers impeding student learning and development. ASCA is committed to supporting the academic and social/emotional development of all students so they can prepare for successful careers as contributing members of our society. The current administration's ... Show Full Article

MEMA Joins With Business Associations to Call for Greater Congressional Oversight of U.S. Trade Policy
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, June 19 -- The Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association issued the following news release:

MEMA has joined more than 55 trade associations to raise alarm bells over the Trump administration's new trade policies and to call for the restoration of balance between Congress and the Executive Branch on imposing new global trade policies.

The letter, which was sent to the Senate Committee on Finance leadership, Senators Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden, and House Ways and Means Committee leadership, Representatives Kevin Brady and Richard Neal, raises particular ... Show Full Article

International Trademark Association Responds to Changes in WHOIS Domain Name Directory
NEW YORK, June 19 -- The International Trademark Association issued the following news release:

The International Trademark Association (INTA) announced today that it will continue its advocacy for an accessible, contactable, and accurate WHOIS global database of domain name registrants, and that it has taken steps to help trademark professionals navigate the recent changes that limit access to important information which, until recently, was publicly available in the WHOIS system.

The changes were brought about by the International Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to meet the ... Show Full Article

Fostering Relationships With the Animal Ag Industry
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, June 19 -- The National Corn Growers Association issued the following news:

Farmers and industry representatives from around the world participated in various animal ag events over the past three weeks.

National and state staff, members of the Feed Food and Industrial Action Team (FFIAT) and state grower leaders participated in World Meat Congress, World Pork Expo and the American Feed Industry Association's Feed Industry Institute.

NCGA was a sponsor of World Meat Congress in Dallas, Texas. With more than 700 people in attendance, the event featured sessions focused on ... Show Full Article

Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission Announces Judicial Vacancies in Miami-Dade County
MIAMI, Florida, June 19 -- The Florida Bar issued the following news release:

The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Rick Scott with nominees for the vacancies in the Miami-Dade County Court created by the resignations of County Court Judges Dawn V. Denaro, Andrea Ricker Wolfson, and Renatha Francis.

The Commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for county court judges described in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution and Section 34.021 of the Florida Statutes.

Applicants ... Show Full Article

CMA Kixstart Artist Scholarship Submissions Close June 30
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 19 -- The Country Music Association issued the following news release:

Submissions for the CMA KixStart Artist Scholarship will continue to be accepted through Saturday, June 30 at 11:59 PM/CT. Visit CMAworld.com/KixStart to review eligibility requirements and submit an application.

The year-long program is designed to provide emerging artists with unique professional and educational opportunities to help build a solid business foundation in the Country Music industry. CMA and its staff will provide guidance throughout the program, helping connect each selected artist ... Show Full Article

Alliance of Community Health Plans Issues Statement on Association Health Plans
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The Alliance of Community Health Plans issued the following statement by President and CEO Ceci Connolly in response to the final rule allowing association health plans:

"We are disappointed the administration is pursuing a path that can put consumers at risk and drive up costs. Association health plans would likely draw the healthiest consumers out of the exchanges, further destabilizing the already fragile health insurance markets.

"Federal and state rules should promote competition based on quality and cost. Today's rule exacerbates previous actions--including repealing ... Show Full Article