Though two measures to raise penalties for broadcast indecency remain pending as members of Congress focus on spending measures in this shortened legislative session, a compromise may get passed before lawmakers end this session for elections.
According to Reuters, Sen. Sam Brownback thinks lawmakers are near a compromise on legislation that would significantly raise the penalties for broadcasters that violate decency standards. The compromise could be tacked onto a bill to reauthorize defense programs.
The Kansas Republican said, "There's a good chance we're going to be able to get this done this year."
In June, the Senate passed a bill to raise the maximum indecency penalty, now $27,500 per incident, to $275,000 per incident with a cap of $3 million a day. The House voted to raise the maximum indecency fine to $500,000.
The measures have been stuck in conference committees.
Brownback didn't give details on the compromise, other than to say it resembles the Senate bill.
(from Radio World)
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