Cea Government and Legal Affairs (GLA)
In Washington, D.C., and state capitals nationwide, legislation and regulations that impact the consumer electronics (CE) industry are being considered every day. CEA Government and Legal Affairs, the legislative voice for consumer electronics, is committed to advising, lobbying and reporting on federal, state and international CE policy on behalf of our members and industry.
Public Policy News
THIRTY TWO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, HUNDREDS OF ATTENDEES, FLOCK TO CES ON THE HILL
The fourth annual CES on the Hill took place on April 16 at the Rayburn House Office Building and showcased the latest cutting-edge products from exhibitors including: AT&T, American Automation & Communications Inc., BlackBerry, DIRECTV, DISH, ecoATM, Google, HealthSpot, HTC, Intel Corp, LG, Livio, Microsoft, Panasonic, Pandora Internet Radio, Qualcomm, Samsung, UltraViolet, Verizon, and VOXX International Corp. Eight startups - Aereo, AWARE Technologies, Coyote Case, Dock-n-Lock, FutureDash, Phone2Action, SubPac, and Troop ID - also displayed their innovative gadgets as part of CES on the Hill’s Eureka Park Showcase. Over 450 attendees, including 32 members of Congress, viewed products that demonstrated the top policy issues of supporting innovation and technology, intellectual property protection, sustainability, energy efficiency and safe driving. Highlights from CES on the Hill are captured in this video.
CEA HONORS LEGISLATORS AND INDUSTRY LEADERS AT DIGITAL PATRIOTS DINNER
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) honored Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and DISH’s Joseph Clayton for their support of technology innovation April 17 at the ninth annual Digital Patriots Dinner. Tribute videos for each of the honorees, along with each of the honorees’ remarks at the dinner, can be viewed online.
All proceeds from the Digital Patriots Dinner were donated to Bright Beginnings Inc., and the CEA Foundation. Bright Beginnings Inc., a nationally-accredited child and family development center, provides comprehensive educational, therapeutic, health and family services program for homeless families with young children. The CEA Foundation is a public, national foundation affiliated with the Consumer Electronics Association that links seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives.
CEA'S BOARD OF INDUSTRY LEADERS DELIVER PRO-INNOVATION MESSAGE ON CAPITOL HILL
Over 30 CEA members participated in dozens of meetings with members of Congress and congressional staff on April 17 to bring attention to CEA’s policy agenda, including strategic immigration reform; stopping patent litigation abuse; free trade; and Energy Star reform. This year, several startup entrepreneurs who showcased their products at CES on the Hill’s Eureka Park Showcase also joined CEA’s Board of Industry Leaders (BIL) at their annual fly-in to help discuss how legislative policies affect technology companies, both big and small.