Category: Legislative Update

MAB: “Local Journalists Are a Conduit Between Government and the Public”

Michigan broadcasters shared the importance of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and access to public records with the Michigan House Oversight Committee on Thursday (10/14). “Local journalists are a conduit between government and the public and it’s essential that they have access to public records to protect the promise of transparency and accountability by… read more

Former Congressman Dale Kildee Has Died

Former Michigan Rep. Dale Kildee, who represented his hometown of Flint and the surrounding area in Congress for 36 years, died Wednesday (10/13) at 92. His death was announced by his nephew, Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI 5th District), who succeeded him after his 2012 retirement. Dale Kildee, also a Democrat, was elected to the House… read more

Reminder: Biennial Ownership Report Filing Window Open

MAB Washington Counsel David Oxenford alerts us to a Public Notice released last week by the FCC, reminding broadcasters that a two-month biennial ownership report window opened Friday, October 1 and will stay open through Wednesday, December 1. All licensees of commercial and non-commercial full power television, Class A television, low power television, AM radio… read more

Michigan Broadcasters are Sharing our Story with Members of Congress

This week, MAB staff and members from stations across the state had the opportunity to meet in-person with Representatives Lisa McClain (R-MI10) and Peter Meijer (R-MI3) at their district offices as well as Representative John Moolenaar (R-MI4) virtually. Advocacy is a core mission of the MAB and as our industry evolves, it’s critical to keep… read more

Things To Consider Before Accepting Cannabis Advertising

By: Scott R. Flick, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Editor’s note: Washington broadcast attorney Scott Flick has given us permission to reprint a recent post he shared with members of the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Association (NASBA). Here are Scott’s points: Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, and since broadcast stations rely on federal… read more

Remember – Political Ads for State and Local Races Trigger FCC Political Obligations

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP We are nearing the end of September and, in many jurisdictions, we are in the heart of political season – though mostly for state and local elections. While most broadcast stations don’t think much about the FCC’s political broadcasting rules in odd-numbered years, they are required to do… read more

Looking at the Court Decision Which Led to the Shuttering of Locast’s Retransmission of Local TV on the Internet

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In recent weeks, decisions of a U.S. District Court judge in the Southern District of New York led to the suspension of service by the Internet streaming company Locast, which built its business on streaming local television stations generally without obtaining the consent of TV stations or the… read more

Broadcast Regulation Update

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week (9/4-10), with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. The FCC opened the window for Fiscal Year 2021 regulatory fees which… read more