Seven FCC Reform Bills Approved By House Communications Subcommittee
May 21, 2015 at 3:59 AM (PT)
Seven FCC reform bills survived WEDNESDAY's House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology markup and have been sent to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee. Four of the bills were proposed by Democrats and approved via voice vote, and three were Republican-backed and drew opposition from panel Democrats.
BROADCASTING AND CABLE reports that the markup was "complicated and contentious," with arguments over several amendments, including one that Ranking Member ANNA ESHOO (D-CA) proposed to remove a one-year delay in implementing an exception to the Sunshine Law to allow more than two commissioners to meet outside formal public meetings without triggering disclosure rules, the delay of which Chairman GREG WALDEN (R-OR) said had been negotiated in exchange for Republicans removing cost-benefit test requirements from the bill.
The Republican backed bills involve 48-hour prior disclosure of actions taken on delegated authority, publication of all drafts circulated among the commissioners, and publication of the text of items within 24 hours of a vote. The Democratic backed bills involve online posting of procedures, quarterly reports on the status of certain items; and small business access.