Senate Commerce Committee OK's Anti-'Fleeting Expletives' Bill
July 19, 2007 at 2:40 PM (PT)
The SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE, as expected, approved Sen. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV)'s bill to restore the FCC's right to fine stations for "fleeting expletives." The bill, the "Protecting Children From Indecent Programming Act," seeks to counter a federal appeals court's ruling that reversed and remanded the FCC's determination that broadcasters can be fined even for accidental or incidental use of expletives.
FCC Chairman KEVIN MARTIN, supporting the Committee's action, said that the panel "stated once again what we on the commission and every parent already knows: Even a single word or image can indeed be indecent." The bill now goes to the full Senate for a vote.