Senate Panel Could Hold Indecency Vote Next Week
May 12, 2006 at 12:13 PM (PT)
Next week could bring the long-awaited vote at the SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE on Sen. SAM BROWNBACK's indecency bill that would increase the ceiling for FCC indecency fines from $32,500 to $325,000.
Committee chair Sen. TED STEVENS (R-AK) has reportedly put the bill on the committee's schedule for next THURSDAY (5/18) after holding up the bill and a House version over his preference to wait and see what the broadcasting industry's reaction to concerns from Capitol Hill will be. STEVENS has been under heavy pressure from anti-indecency crusader L. BRENT BOZELL's PARENTS TELEVISION COUNCIL and FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL to get a bill passed.