Indecency Bill Passes House Commerce Committee
February 9, 2005

Howard Stern just became must listen radio tomorrow morning as the House Commerce Committee voted 46-2 in favor for authorizing the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005, which allows the FCC to hand out indecency fines up to a maximum of $500,000. That's a huge jump from the current maximum fine of $32,500. Also contained in the bill is a provision that will allow the FCC to fine an individual the mazimum $500,000 amount. There is also a 'three strikes' clause in the legislation that would require the FCC to consider license revocation after three violations for indecency. The bill was introduced by Michigan Representative Fred Upton and then was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce on January 25.

 




 
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