Category: Legislative Update

FCC Adopts Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Review EEO Rules

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP When the FCC initiated its most recent EEO audits, we mentioned that the Commission was planning a rulemaking to review the effectiveness of its EEO rules for broadcasting and multi-channel video operators. The FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking to review these rules has now been released. This review was prompted by complaints raised in… read more

FCC Approves Revamped Kids TV Rules

At its July 10 meeting, the FCC updated its children’s television programming rules, providing “broadcasters greater scheduling flexibility, enables them to offer more diverse and innovative educational programming and relieves unnecessary burdens while ensuring that educational programming remains available to all children.” The commission added that the updates “reflect the myriad changes in the media… read more

State Rep. Coleman Introduces MSP Emergency Notification Program Bill

The MAB has learned that State Rep. Kevin Coleman (D-16) has introduced a bill (H.B. 4697), which would require Michigan State Police (MSP) to create an emergency notification program to “rapidly disseminate useful information in a predetermined manner to radio and television stations within in this state and to wireless devices through the existing wireless… read more

Traverse City Broadcaster Turned State Rep. Jack O’Malley Will Speak at #MABsummer

Longtime Northern Michigan radio personality and freshman State Rep. Jack O’Malley (R-101) has joined the list of speakers for the MAB’s 2019 summer Advocacy Conference on August 5 and 6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids. Other summer conference speakers will include Congressman Tim Walberg (R-7), the National Association of Broadcaster’s Steven W. Newberry,… read more

FCC Releases Draft Order on Changes to Children’s Television Rules – Action Expected July 10

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In anticipation of its July 10 open meeting, the FCC last week released its draft Order making changes to its rules requiring television stations to broadcast specific amounts of educational and informational programming directed to children. The current rules require that stations air an average of three hours of… read more

NAB Files More Comments Regarding FCC Regulatory Fee Increase

Opposing the Federal Communications Commission plans to hike regulatory fees for broadcasters, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has filed additional comments with the agency.   “The NPRM imposes a steep increase in radio station regulatory fees disproportionate to other fee payor categories, as well as the increase in the commission’s overall budget,” NAB wrote in… read more

Whitmer Pushes for Federal Legislation to Allow Banking by Marijuana Businesses

MLive reports that Governor Gretchen Whitmer has joined national bipartisan for federal legislation that would make it easier for state-licensed marijuana businesses to bank their money. Whitmer signed on with 19 governors to a letter calling on Congress to pass the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act. Currently, most banks will not do business with… read more

NASBA Success Stories Continue

As many readers know, the MAB is a member of the National Alliance of State Broadcast Associations (NASBA), which represents broadcast associations in Washington, filing joint comments in FCC proceedings. In 2017, when FCC Chairman Ajit Pai launched the Media Modernization proceeding, he asked broadcasters to submit comments proposing changes to the FCC’s broadcast rules… read more