Category: Legislative Update

Nessel Declares Major Components Of Petition Changes Unconstitutional

On May 22, Michigan Attorney General announced that the key portion of the 2018 law establishing new requirements for groups wanting to put referendums, initiative petitions and constitutional amendments before voters are unconstitutional. Gongwer reports that Nessel said the most contentious part of the bill, that no more than 15 percent of a group’s signatures… read more


NAB Demands Answers from FCC for 20% Higher Annual Fees

According to a report in Inside Radio, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has issued a letter to the FCC stating that because it has offered no explanation for the “remarkable” increase for its size, it’s nearly impossible for the industry’s trade group to offer any feedback on the proposed assessment. Under the FCC’s proposed menu… read more

Government Relations Director Elena Palombo to leave the MAB on May 31

After eight years serving the MAB and its members, Government Relations Director Elena Palombo has resigned her position, effective May 31. During her time with the MAB, Elena served as an advocate for the broadcast industry in Lansing and on Capitol Hill, working on issues involving the spectrum auction and repack, performance tax, drone regulation, pirate… read more


NAB Files Comments Supporting Voluntary All-Digital AM

On May 11, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) filed comments with the FCC supporting a petition to allow AM stations to broadcast an all-digital AM signal on a voluntary basis. In late March, Texas-based Bryan Broadcasting filed a Petition for Rulemaking asking the commission to initiate a proceeding to authorize the MA3 all-digital mode of… read more

Deal Reached in Michigan Auto Insurance Health Care Coverage

Gongwer reports that Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, and House Speaker Lee Chatfield confirmed publicly this morning  that the Democratic governor and the Republican legislative leadership reached an agreement on a bill to change how auto insurance covers health care for those injured in traffic crashes. “After constructive conversations over the past week,… read more

Video Looking at the Basics of the Online Public Inspection File and Quarterly Issues Programs Lists

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Looking for a brief explanation of the online public inspection file and Quarterly Issues Programs List, and how they will be viewed in connection with the upcoming license renewal cycle – including the potential fines for violations of the rules? The Indiana Broadcasters has just released this video of… read more

New Self-Regs For Sports Gambling Ads Similar to Alcohol’s

According to a report in InsideRadio, the American Gaming Association (AGA) has issued a new set of self-regulations for sports betting advertising and marketing. Its  new “Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering”  has parallels to restrictions placed on alcohol advertising. The new code comes on the first anniversary of the Supreme Court striking down the Professional… read more

MAB Hosts State Capitol Advocacy Day

On May 14, the MAB hosted its annual State Capitol Advocacy Day,  an event that brought many broadcasters to Lansing to meet with the state lawmakers on the issues affecting our industry. Overall, MAB members met with 54 legislative offices during the Advocacy Day. We discussed the need to reform public notice, our support for… read more