Political Advertisements and Disclosure Information

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This report includes legislation pertaining to political advertisement disclosures, television and digital advertising, phone calls, and text messaging. 


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Title: Political campaigns: signs.

Current Status: Failed

Introduction Date: February 13, 2023

Last Action Date: Died at Desk.. February 01, 2024

Summary: This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation related to the posting of political signs as existing law sets requirements regarding political signs and advertisements in support of, or against, candidates for public office or measures, such as the requirement that a landlord may not prohibit tenants from displaying political signs, as specified.

Description: AB 668, as introduced, Quirk-Silva. Political campaigns: signs. Existing law sets forth requirements regarding political signs and advertisements in support of, or against, candidates for public office or measures, such as the requirement that a landlord may not prohibit tenants from displaying political signs, as specified. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation related to the posting of political signs.

Location: US-CA

Title: Political Reform Act of 1974: filing requirements.

Current Status: Considering

Introduction Date: February 16, 2023

Last Action Date: Referred to Coms. on E. & C.A. and JUD.. May 01, 2024

Summary: The bill aims to make changes to the Political Reform Act of 1974, which regulates campaign finance and conflicts of interests of public officials. The bill would allow filing officers to retain reports and statements filed in paper format as electronic copies without a two-year waiting period. It would also require public officials and candidates to file their original statements of economic interests electronically with the Commission.

Description: AB 1170, as amended, Valencia. Political Reform Act of 1974: filing requirements. The Political Reform Act of 1974 generally requires elected officials, candidates for elective offices, and committees formed primarily to support or oppose a candidate for public office or a ballot measure, along with other persons and entities, to file periodic campaign statements and certain reports concerning campaign finances and related matters. Existing law permits a report or statement that has been on file for at least two years to be retained by a filing officer as a copy on microfilm or other space-saving materials and, after the Secretary of State certifies an online filing and disclosure system, as an electronic copy.This bill would permit a filing officer to retain a report or statement filed in a paper format as a copy on microfilm or other space-saving materials or as an electronic copy, as specified, without a two-year waiting period. The bill would also perm....

Location: US-CA

Title: An Act providing disclosure of political phone calls

Current Status: Introduced

Introduction Date: February 16, 2023

Last Action Date: Senate concurred. April 11, 2024

Summary: This bill requires any person, association, corporation, labor union or other entity who engages in push-polling, as defined in Section 1 of Chapter 55 of the General Laws, will, prior to asking any person contacted a question relating to a candidate, inform the person that the telephone call is a "paid political advertisement," and identify the organization making the call and the organization paying for the call. They must also provide a valid, current, publicly-listed telephone number for the organization making the call and identify that the telephone call is being made on behalf of, in support of, or in opposition to a particular candidate or candidates for public office and identify that candidate or candidates by name.

Description: By Representative Murphy of Weymouth, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 709) of James M. Murphy relative to providing disclosure of political phone calls and further regulating push polling, so-called. Election Laws.

Location: US-MA

Title: An Act relative to online advertising

Current Status: Introduced

Introduction Date: February 16, 2023

Last Action Date: Hearing scheduled for 02/06/2024 from 01:00 PM-03:00 PM in A-1. February 01, 2024

Summary: This bill, The Online Advertising Act, is proposed as a new law to regulate online advertising practices. It defines key terms such as "consumer," "non-personally identifiable information," "online preference marketing," "personally identifiable information," "publisher," and "third-party advertising network." The Act requires third-party advertising networks to provide clear and conspicuous notice on their websites regarding data collection and usage practices, including information about online preference marketing and procedures for opting out. Consent is required for sensitive data use and the merging of non-personally identifiable information with personally identifiable information. Third-party advertising networks must make efforts to protect collected data and provide consumers with access to their personally identifiable information. Violations of the Act may result in penalties imposed by the Attorney General. The duration for retention of non-personally identifiable information is limited to twenty-four months.

Description: By Representative Straus of Mattapoisett, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 395) of William M. Straus for legislation to further regulate advertising on the Internet. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.

Location: US-MA

Title: An Act clarifying telephone solicitation

Current Status: Introduced

Introduction Date: February 16, 2023

Last Action Date: Hearing scheduled for 02/06/2024 from 01:00 PM-03:00 PM in A-1. February 01, 2024

Summary: This amendment to Chapter 159C of the General Laws introduces several definitions and provisions related to robocalls in the Commonwealth. The amendment prohibits all robocalls to hands-free mobile telephones, mobile electronic devices, and mobile telephones. However, certain exceptions are allowed, including messages from school districts, work schedule notifications, messages from correctional facilities to victims, messages from municipalities and government, and informational calls. The Attorney General is granted the authority to initiate proceedings and enforce penalties for violations, including injunctions, civil penalties, and additional relief. Consumers who receive unsolicited telephonic calls in violation of this section may take legal action to seek injunctions, monetary compensation, or both. There are also provisions regarding time limitations for bringing actions or proceedings, and certain exemptions for outbound telephone calls delivering prerecorded healthcare messages.

Description: By Representative Finn of West Springfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 291) of Michael J. Finn relative to further regulating telephone solicitation. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.

Location: US-MA

Title: Relates to requiring advertisements to disclose the use of synthetic media

Current Status: Introduced

Introduction Date: January 04, 2023

Last Action Date: REFERRED TO CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND PROTECTION. January 03, 2024

Summary: This bill requires advertisements to disclose the use of synthetic media. "Synthetic media" means a computer-generated voice, photograph, image, or likeness created or modified through the use of artificial intelligence and intended to produce or reproduce a human voice, photograph, image, or likeness, or a video created or modified through an artificial intelligence algorithm that is created to produce or reproduce a human likeness. It further imposes a $1,000 civil penalty for a first violation and a $5,000 penalty for any subsequent violation

Description: Requires advertisements to disclose the use of synthetic media; imposes a $1,000 civil penalty for a first violation and a $5,000 penalty for any subsequent violation.

Location: US-NY

Title: Limits robocalls to state residents and requires telephone service providers to offer free call mitigation technology to telephone customers

Current Status: Introduced

Introduction Date: January 12, 2023

Last Action Date: REFERRED TO CONSUMER PROTECTION. January 03, 2024

Summary: This bill limits robocalls to state residents and requires telephone service providers to offer free call mitigation technology to telephone customers. "Call mitigation technology" means technology that identifies an incoming call or text message as being, or as probably being an unwanted robocall, and, on that basis, blocks the call or message, diverts it to the called person's answering system, or otherwise prevents it from being completed to the called person.

Description: Limits robocalls to state residents; requires telephone service providers to offer free call mitigation technology to telephone customers.

Location: US-NY

Title: Relates to pre-recorded political messages

Current Status: Introduced

Introduction Date: January 13, 2023

Last Action Date: REFERRED TO CONSUMER PROTECTION. January 03, 2024

Summary: This bill relates to pre-recorded political messages and prohibits automatic dialing-announcing devices unless a live operator provides certain information in the first 30 seconds. It also requires any person or political committee operating an automatic dialing-announcing device or placing any consumer telephone calls or pre-recorded political messages to register with the secretary of state as well as the New York state board of elections and authorizes the attorney general to investigate violations.

Description: Relates to pre-recorded political messages; prohibits automatic dialing-announcing devices unless a live operator provides certain information in the first thirty seconds; requires registration; authorizes attorney general to investigate violations.

Location: US-NY

Title: Requires certain disclosures in advertisements involving virtual tokens

Current Status: Introduced

Introduction Date: January 25, 2023

Last Action Date: REFERRED TO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. January 03, 2024

Summary: This bill requires certain disclosures in advertisements involving virtual tokens. "Virtual tokens" means security tokens and stablecoins.

Description: Requires certain disclosures in advertisements involving virtual tokens.

Location: US-NY

Title: Requires social media influencers to disclose when they share on social media that they are being paid by a campaign

Current Status: Introduced

Introduction Date: February 14, 2023

Last Action Date: 1ST REPORT CAL.1248. May 20, 2024

Summary: This bill requires that campaigns and social media influencers disclose when they share on social media that they are being paid by a campaign as part of campaign disclosures of paid media advertising.

Description: Requires social media influencers to disclose when they share on social media that they are being paid by a campaign; authorizes the state board of elections to promulgate certain regulations.

Location: US-NY

Title: Enacts the "political artificial intelligence disclaimer (PAID) act"

Current Status: Introduced

Introduction Date: May 03, 2023

Last Action Date: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING. March 14, 2024

Summary: This bill enacts the "political artificial intelligence disclaimer (PAID) act" and requires political communications and legislation that use synthetic media to disclose that they were created with the assistance of artificial intelligence.

Description: Enacts the "political artificial intelligence disclaimer (PAID) act"; requires political communications that use synthetic media to disclose that they were created with the assistance of artificial intelligence; requires committees that use synthetic media to maintain records of such usage.

Location: US-NY

Title: Relates to public-facing websites operated by political committees

Current Status: Considering

Introduction Date: January 03, 2024

Last Action Date: REFERRED TO ELECTION LAW. January 08, 2024

Summary: This bill requires public-facing websites operated by political committees to contain "paid for by" language and adds such public-facing websites to the list of political communications that qualify as independent expenditures.

Description: Requires public-facing websites operated by political committees to contain "paid for by" language; adds such public-facing websites to the list of political communications that qualify as independent expenditures.

Location: US-NY

Title: Relates to public-facing websites operated by political committees

Current Status: Introduced

Introduction Date: May 10, 2023

Last Action Date: REFERRED TO ELECTION LAW. January 03, 2024

Summary: This bill requires public-facing websites operated by political committees to contain "paid for by" language. It adds such public-facing websites to the list of political communications that qualify as independent expenditures.

Description: Requires public-facing websites operated by political committees to contain "paid for by" language; adds such public-facing websites to the list of political communications that qualify as independent expenditures.

Location: US-NY

Title: Enacts the "political artificial intelligence disclaimer (PAID) act"

Current Status: Introduced

Introduction Date: May 10, 2023

Last Action Date: PRINT NUMBER 7106B. March 18, 2024

Summary: This bill enacts the "political artificial intelligence disclaimer (PAID) act" and requires political communications and legislation that use synthetic media to disclose that they were created with the assistance of artificial intelligence.

Description: Enacts the "political artificial intelligence disclaimer (PAID) act"; requires political communications that use synthetic media to disclose that they were created with the assistance of artificial intelligence; requires committees that use synthetic media to maintain records of such usage.

Location: US-NY

Title: Relates to requiring advertisements to disclose the use of synthetic media

Current Status: Introduced

Introduction Date: May 11, 2023

Last Action Date: REFERRED TO CONSUMER PROTECTION. January 03, 2024

Summary: This bill requires advertisements to disclose the use of synthetic media. "Synthetic media" means any human voice, photograph, image, video or other human likeness created, reproduced, or modified by computer, using artificial intelligence or software algorithm, to be indistinguishable to a reasonable viewer from a natural person. It imposes a $1,000 civil penalty for a first violation and a $5,000 penalty for any subsequent violation.

Description: Requires advertisements to disclose the use of synthetic media; imposes a $1,000 civil penalty for a first violation and a $5,000 penalty for any subsequent violation.

Location: US-NY

Title: Requires disclosure of the use of artificial intelligence in political communications

Current Status: Introduced

Introduction Date: July 19, 2023

Last Action Date: PRINT NUMBER 7904A. February 27, 2024

Summary: The bill amends the election law in the State of New York to require disclosure of the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in political communications. It states that any political communication, whether considered substantial or nominal expenditure, that uses an image or video footage generated in whole or in part with the use of AI must disclose that fact. The bill outlines specific requirements for the disclosure, such as printing it on printed or digital political communications and verbally communicating it for non-visual communications like radio or automated telephone calls. Additionally, the bill grants authority to issue instructions and promulgate rules and regulations to determine criteria and definitions related to AI-generated content in political communications to prevent misinformation and disinformation about candidates and elections.

Description: Requires disclosure of the use of artificial intelligence in political communications; directs the state board of elections to create criteria for determining whether a political communication contains an image or video footage created through generative artificial intelligence and to create a definition of content generated by artificial intelligence.

Location: US-NY

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