Category: Legislative Update

State Police Look to Be More Transparent About Use of Force

Michigan data on the use of force by law enforcement in Michigan will be published annually by the state as part of a new transparency initiative announced Wednesday (6/17), according to a report by Gongwer. Legislators and law enforcement officials announced the Law Enforcement Transparency Collaborative, which is intended to help increase transparency and accountability… read more

No Wholesale Pricing Disclosures to be Required in Drug Advertising – Appeals Court Upholds Lower Court Rejection of HHS Requirement

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP It appears that there will be no requirement imposed on television and cable ads to include disclosures revealing the wholesale prices of prescription drugs in any advertising for those drugs. We wrote about the decision from the US Department of Health and Human Service to impose such a requirement… read more

Chairman Says FCC Working Toward Making Radio Ownership More Diverse

As calls for racial justice draw headlines across the nation, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai told InsideRadio on Tuesday (6/9) that growing diversity in radio ownership is the prime reason he pushed the a  radio incubator program in a recently completed quadrennial media ownership review. “Having traveled everywhere from poor communities of the Delta of Mississippi… read more

Petition Group Granted More Time to Gather Signatures in Effort to Amend Michigan Civil Rights Act

MPRN reported Wednesday (6/10) that a Michigan Court of Claims judge granted a Fair and Equal Michigan campaign request for an extension to get gather signatures to add LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights act. The campaign asked for more time because COVID-19 emergency restrictions made it impossible for the effort to succeed. The group… read more

FCC Releases EEO Audit for 35 Radio Stations – A Good Reminder to Review Your EEO Compliance

3 Michigan Stations on List By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC on Tuesday (6/9) released another of its regular EEO audit notices (available here), this time targeting only about 35 radio stations. Those stations and the station employment units (commonly owned stations serving the same area) with which they are associated must provide… read more

Governor’s FOIA Extension Orders will End June 11

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday (6/3) that some of the more significant executive orders imposed as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold will be rescinded, including the order that allowed government bodies to extend some deadlines to respond under the Freedom of Information Act. The executive ordered FOIA extensions will expire and return to normal at… read more

COVID-19 Relief Paycheck Protection Bill Passes Senate for Presidential Signature

The Senate passed on Wednesday (6/3) the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, which tweaks the CARES Act’s program that provided forgivable loans to small businesses if they spent them on keeping workers employed, according to a report in Broadcasting+Cable. The bill, which previously passed in the House, is now expected to be signed into law… read more

NAB Condemns Violence Against Journalists, Provides Resources for Stations

National Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Gordon H. Smith on Monday (6/1) publicly condemned recent reports of violence against journalist and offered resources for stations to defend their First Amendment rights and to help keep news teams safe. Click here to visit the NAB’s “Defending Journalists” resource page. “I am gravely concerned about recent… read more

The President’s Executive Order on Online Media – What Does Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act Provide?

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP When the President issues an Executive Order asking for examination of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which permitted the growth of so many Internet companies, broadcasters and other media companies ask what effect the action may have on their operations. On an initial reading, the impact of… read more