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Category: Legislative Update

STELAR Update, Sunset Provisions Added to Spending Bill

December 18, 2019 Curtis LeGeyt, NAB Executive Vice President of Government Relations has reported that the eight Judiciary and Commerce leaders (Judiciary: Graham, Nadler, Feinstein, Collins; Commerce: Wicker, Pallone, Cantwell, Walden) have agreed on a STELAR package that is included in the year-end spending legislation that will be considered by the full House and Senate… read more

More on Required Public File Disclosures of Issue Ads – Comment Dates on NAB Petition for Reconsideration and Another Admonition for Inadequate Disclosures

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC on Friday (11/29) issued a Public Notice seeking comment on a petition for reconsideration by the NAB and several broadcast groups seeking review of the FCC’s October decision, deemed a “clarification” of the public file disclosure rules for federal political issue ads requiring that all candidates and… read more

Legislative Leaders and Governor Read Deal on Budget

On Wednesday Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders were able to come to an agreement on a supplemental budget that would restore funding to some of the vetoes that occurred back in October. The deal that passed will fund high priority items such as schools and public health and safety. Pure Michigan and hospitality workforce… read more

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