Government Affairs Updates | May 2024

States – Advertising

OAAA released an updated, comprehensive state-by-state overview of cannabis advertising regulations. Members can find this valuable resource on the OAAA website under the Policy & Advocacy section.

Federal – DOL

The U.S. Dept of Labor (DOL) recently updated income thresholds for overtime eligibility and exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. On July 1, the minimum income exemption will rise from $35,568 to $43,888 and then on January 1, 2025, will increase to $58,656. The highly compensated threshold will also go up on July 1 from $107,432 to $132,964 and then to $151,164 next year.

Federal – OSHA

A new DOL workplace change goes into effect May 31st. The so-called “walkalong rule” allows third parties and non-employees to accompany Occupational Safety & Health Administration personnel at on-site safety inspections, a significant departure from previous rules. 

States – Privacy

Maryland became the 17th state to enact a consumer privacy law, the Maryland Online Data Protection Act. The law requires companies to protect personal data and prohibits the selling of “sensitive” information related to physical or mental health. Maryland is the first state to impose such a restriction. The new law takes effect on October 1, 2025.

Congress – FAA

The long delayed bill to renew Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs was finally passed by Congress. FAA authorities expired on October 1stand had been temporarily extended several times since then. The bill maintains a protection for billboard structures under a tower mapping program.

Federal – FHWA

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) named Kristin White as their new Deputy Administrator. The Minnesota native has a transportation technology background and has been serving as the agency’s Chief Counsel since July 2023.