Republican’s plan would raise maximum fine tenfold
Legislation aimed at raising fines tenfold for indecent acts on broadcast television and radio is due to be unveiled Wednesday
by Sen. Sam Brownback, a Kansas Republican, his spokesman Aaron Groote said Tuesday.
Brownback’s legislation would raise the maximum possible fine to $325,000 per violation with a maximum of $3 million
per continuing violation, according to a draft of the measure obtained by Reuters Tuesday. The maximum now is $32,500 per
Lawmakers and Federal Communications Commission officials have been seeking significantly higher fines as a way to deter
broadcasters after a rash of incidents, including nudity and profanity on television.
Congress adjourned last year without acting on legislation that could have raised fines to as much as $500,000 per violation
and a maximum of $3 million per continuing violation.
So far, five senators have agreed to cosponsor Brownback’s bill; Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Republican
Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, George Allen of Virginia, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, and Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania,
A spokesman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee had no immediate comment on plans in the House for legislation
to increase indecency fines...
Reuters, MSNBC, Jan. 25, 2005
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