Senator Sam Brownback wants to raise the possible penalties for radio and TV stations that violate federal decency rules.
The Kansas Republican is co-sponsoring a bill with Connecticut Democrat Joe Lieberman that increases existing fines ten-fold. Twenty other senators, including Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, have added their names to the legislation introduced Wednesday.
Existing federal law caps the penalty for violating FCC decency rules at $32,500 for each offense. Brownback and Lieberman want to raise the maximum per violation to $325,000.
Total fines for any single act of broadcast indecency would be capped at $3 million. Brownback says the legislation would add a “meaningful deterrent” to federal decency legislation approved by the Senate last year on a vote of 99-to-one.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.