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H.R. 4077: Honest Ads Act

About the bill

Television and radio have long been required to disclose the purchasers and content of all who purchase advertisements on their stations. Internet companies have not.

A newly introduced bill would be the first to hold internet ads to the same transparency requirements.

What the bill does

The Honest Ads Act, numbered S. 1989 in the Senate and H.R. 4077 in the House, would mandate that internet companies reveal the identities and content of advertisements related to elections or campaigns.

Specifically, this would be done by amending a decades-old existing ...

Sponsor and status

Derek Kilmer

Sponsor. Representative for Washington's 6th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Oct 19, 2017
Length: 22 pages

Oct 19, 2017


Introduced on Oct 19, 2017

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on October 19, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Oct 19, 2017

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H.R. 4077 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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