Category: Legislative Update

Leonard Gets U.S. attorney Nomination

The Detroit News reports that President Donald Trump has nominated former Michigan House Speaker Tom Leonard to be U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan. The announcement was made August 14. The DeWitt Republican said Trump’s consideration was an “incredible honor.” “Since becoming a prosecutor in Genesee County, my heart has been to work… read more

Whitmer Says She and GOP Leaders Want to Avoid Shutdown

MLive reports Governor Gretchen Whitmer told reporters on Monday that she and Republican legislative leaders are “desperate” to avoid a government shutdown, and she may propose a stopgap budget measure as long as there are “good-faith” negotiations about spending more to fix the roads. Whitmer met with GOP leaders on August 9 and anticipates seeing… read more

Moving Closer to TV Translator, LPTV and FM Reimbursement for TV-Band Repacking Costs

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Months ago, the FCC approved reimbursing TV translators, LPTV stations, FM stations, and FM translators that incurred costs as a result of the repacking of TV stations into less spectrum following the TV incentive auction (see our post here). Congress last year allocated the FCC money so that LPTV… read more

Lawsuit Filed to Challenge Redistricting Commission

A lawsuit filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court charged that commission created violates the First and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and must be invalidated, according to a report in Gongwer. The lawsuit, Daunt v. Benson (USDC Docket No. 19-00614), also calls for an injunction against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson from taking any steps… read more

FCC Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Improvement Proposal Submitted by Broadcasters

A coalition of 82 broadcasters is asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to streamline certain Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) rules to reduce what they call “burdensome paperwork” and create a more equitable playing field. Womble Bond Dickinson telecom attorney John Garziglia is working with the group of mostly small broadcasters. Inside Radio recently discussed their… read more

Another Warning Letter on CBD Promotional Copy – and Some Ideas on Timing of Government Clarity on Rules on Legal Hemp Products

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP CBD has been a hot topic for media companies – trying to decipher what products are legal and which can be advertised. We have written a number of articles on CBD, hemp and other cannabis advertising issues (see, for instance, our articles here, here, and here). Each of these… read more

Looking at Equal Opportunities – When Does the Appearance of a Political Candidate on a Broadcast Program Trigger Equal Time Obligations?

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In the last few days, much has been written about the decision of a national radio broadcaster to prohibit the host of a country music radio program from airing an interview of a Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on a nationally syndicated program. This decision has prompted many questions… read more