Indecency Bill Pushed Back Again
May 17, 2006

After much ado about the return of indecency legislation, it appears that the Senate Commerce Committee will not vote on a new bill this week after all. Multiple reports today have said that the bill was left off the committee's schedule for tomorrow's meeting, despite reports last week that it would be discussed this Thursday.

Conservative lobbyists have been pushing the return of the bill, which would greatly increase fines on broadcasters for FCC violations. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), who said the bill would help such organizations "on a topic that they’re concerned about — one that we can get done." However, committee Chairman Ted Stevens (R-AK) said that such organizations would not affect his decisions. “This has no party connections, as far as I’m concerned,” Stevens said, according to Congressional paper The Hill.

Earlier this month, there was a push to "hotline" a different indecency bill through the House and Senate, though it was blocked.




 
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