Sen. Rockefeller Introduces Anti-'Fleeting Expletives' Bill
July 12, 2007 at 5:43 PM (PT)
Adding to the Senate's anti-indecency crusade, Sen. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV) introduced the "Protecting Children From Indecent Programming Act" THURSDAY that would require the FCC to "maintain a policy that a single word or image may be considered indecent." The bill is in response to an appeals court ruling that reversed and remanded the Commission's ban on "fleeting expletives."
ROCKEFELLER's bill follows the rejection by voice vote of Sen. SAM BROWNBACK's (R-KS) attempt to combat the court ruling with an amendment to an appropriations bill; the BROWNBACK bill went down to defeat when Sen. DANIEL INOUYE (D-HI) said that he would include the ROCKEFELLER bill in next THURSDAY's COMMERCE COMMITTEE markup hearing.