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Category: Legislative Update

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

Senate Floats Bare Bones Renewal of STELAR, Michigan Broadcasters Urge Senator Peters to Voice Opposition

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, introduced a straight forward bill to renew STELAR this week. In response, MAB television members have flooded Michigan Sen. Gary Peters’ office with letters in opposition, asking him to let the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), know… read more

AG Nessle Willing to take on FOIA Fights

The Alpena News reported that Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said she is willing to take on cases related to the Michigan Freedom of Information or Open Meetings acts.  Nessel spoke on Tuesday before a crowd of more than 100 Northeast Michigan government officials and residents at the Alpena County Library as part of a government… read more

November Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Ownership Reports, Comment Deadlines, LPTV Reimbursement Filing Deadline, a Forum to Examine the Future of the Broadcast Industry, and More

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

Gov. Whitmer Sends Letter to Trump Administration on Overtime Rule

In a letter, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer expressed opposition to the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to overtime eligibility, which substantially lowers overtime pay protections for working people from the far stronger Obama-era standard. “These changes to the overtime rule are far too weak to provide Michigan’s workers with the overtime pay protections that they need… read more

FCC Issues ‘Clarifications’ of Political Broadcasting Public File Disclosure Requirements – Significantly More Disclosures to Be Required on Issue Ads

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