Category: Legislative Update

Budget Deal Close in Lansing

Press reports indicate that the Michigan House and Senate started to finalize a budget deal Wednesday in which the GOP-led Legislature reversed some of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s vetoes.  In return, the governor has received some of her priorities. This would end a two-month impasse over the state budget for the fiscal year that began… read more

NAB Seeks Reconsideration of FCC’s Clarification of Issue Advertising Public Disclosure Requirements – Rules Remain in Effect Though Some Clarification Provided

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In October, the FCC issued what it termed a “clarification” of the obligations of broadcasters to disclose in their public inspection files each and every candidate and issue discussed in any Federal issue ad. We wrote about the Clarification here. That decision prompted many questions among broadcasters as to… read more

NAB Advocacy Alert: Performance Tax Legislation Introduced in Congress

On November 21, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (TN) and Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY-10) introduced the AM-FM Act, legislation that would impose a performance tax on local radio stations. While the big record labels aggressively lobby for a performance tax on local radio stations simply for airing and promoting artists’ music, we will continue to grow the… read more

STELAR Bill Passes House Judiciary Committee

Chairman Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member Collins (R-GA) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) reached a compromise Wednesday evening on Lofgren’s amendment relating to the required time frame within which AT&T must serve all 210 markets with local-into-local (180 days) in order to use the bill’s narrowed/permanent distant signal license for RVs/trucks and short markets on an… read more

FCC Announces Schedule for Transition to Annual Children’s Television Reports

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Earlier this week, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing its plans for the initiation of new annual reporting requirements for TV stations under the revised Children’s Television Rules. As we wrote here, the FCC this summer adopted changes in the rules governing the broadcast of educational and informational… read more

STELAR Renewal Update: Thank You Members

Thanks to our TV members who gave an all-out effort to appeal to Senator Gary Peters asking him to let STELAR expire. Yesterday (11/14), the Senate Commerce Committee was scheduled to mark-up a bill offered by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) that would reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELAR) for five years. NAB… read more

State Legislative Report

State of Michigan issues and concerns facing broadcasters: Time Change Bill Back Again (11/12/19) The House passed a bill to stop the biannual time change leaving Michigan on Daylight Savings Time.  Representative Michele Hoitenga (R-102) introduced the bill (H.B. 4303) which now moves to House Ways and Means Committee. This bill was introduced a year… read more

USDA Issues Interim Rules for Hemp Production – How Does it Affect CBD Advertising?

Editor’s note:  On Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 3 – 5 p.m., the MAB will present a live webinar “Preparing for the 2020 Elections” with David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP and Bobby Baker, FCC.  2020 is bound to be a very active year for political broadcasting. Who do you have to sell advertising time… read more