House Draft Bill Would Codify FCC Reforms
June 21, 2011 at 4:14 AM (PT)
House Republicans have drafted a bill that would codify reforms at the FCC. POLITICO reports that the bill, the FCC Process Reform Act of 2011, will be discussed by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology; the subcommittee chairman, Rep. GREG WALDEN (R-OR), is circulating the draft.
Among changes to FCC procedures in the bill, closed meetings would be allowed among three or more Commissioners as long as no formal vote or action is taken and each party is represented, with an agency attorney overseeing the gathering and public disclosure published on the FCC website within five days.
In addition, no Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would be allowed unless public comment had been sought within the previous three years, with all notices requiring specific rule language to be proposed within.