Illinois 'First Informer Broadcasters Act' Signed Into Law
February 1, 2013 at 4:03 AM (PT)
ILLINOIS Governor PAT QUINN has signed into law the “First Informer Broadcasters Act,” a bill that gives broadcasters and cable systems credentials to access their operations in emergencies and priority for getting fuel in disaster conditions.
TV NEWSCHECK reports that the bill, second of its kind after NEVADA, passed 114 to 0 in the House last SPRING and 50-0 in the Senate in JANUARY.
“ILLINOIS’ brave first responders have always known they can depend on their dedicated local broadcasters to assist them in disseminating critical information to the masses, regardless the disaster or emergency,” said ILLINOIS BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION Pres./CEO DENNIS LYLE. “This legislation assures our broadcasters can keep generators fueled, and stations operational, in times of disasters, allowing them to do what they best; keeping the public informed.”