Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act Passes
February 16, 2005

The fast track continues as the House has voted overwhelmingly (389 to 38) in favor of the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005. The Act now moves to the Senate for consideration where it is likely to be voted through quickly, before heading to a conference committee, where the language of the House and Senate versions of the bill will be reconciled. Attempts at similar indecency acts stalled out in conference committee late last year due to additional legislation that was attached to it. Once the language is revised a final version of the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005 will be voted on by the House, then the Senate, before heading to the White House for President Bush's signature.

The new legislation, approved by the House Commerce Committee on a 46-2 vote, would significantly raise the dollar amount of indecency fines levied on broadcasters and performers from $32,500 per violation to $500,000. The new rules will also do away with warnings handed out for a performer's first offense. A 'three strikes' clause in the legislation 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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