Legislation Increasing Indecency Fines Dropped

Legislation Increasing Indecency Fines Dropped
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The Washington Post reports that federal lawmakers have derailed legislation that would have substantially increased FCC fines for indecent material – apparently because it also included media ownership language.
A spokesman for Sen. Sam Brownback blamed a partisan struggle for the removal of the language Brownback had been pushing to increase the fines. The Senate and House have both voted to allow higher fines; but all media language now has been stripped out of the defense bill to which the Senate version was attached.
Brownback is expected to try to revive the indecency-fines legislation in another form as quickly as possible, the Post reported, but Congress is headed out for an election adjournment.


Increased Indecency Fines Take Effect

President Bush recently signed the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, increasing the potential fines for broadcasting indecent material by a factor of 10. The former max - a mere pittance at $32,500 per violation - is history. Now you're looking at a much heftier $325,000 per violation, up to a limit of $3 million per day.