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Indecency battle over -- for now


U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback's efforts to increase indecency fines for broadcasters appears to be dead.[The Washington Post][1] reports today that: "A partisan struggle removed language from a bill that would have allowed the FCC to raise fines from the current $32,500 to as much as $275,000 for each incident of indecent content aired, confirmed Brian Hart, spokesman for Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), who sponsored legislation to increase the fines. "The legislative action comes two weeks after the FCC proposed fining CBS television stations a record-breaking $550,000 for singer Janet Jackson's breast-baring incident during the Super Bowl halftime show."Hart said Brownback will seek to revive the indecency-fines legislation in another form as quickly as possible. However, Congress is expected to adjourn today for the election campaign."It's not that other lawmakers are fans of indecency, [The Hollywood Reporter][2] says:"Some lawmakers were concerned about the First Amendment impact of the Broadcast Decency Act. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., the Armed Services Committee's senior Democrat, was concerned that language fining performers up to $500,000 for a single action went too far, according to sources."Some lawmakers also expressed concern that the indecency rider had no place on a bill dealing with Defense Department issues."'This is a committee dealing with the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, which is a little more important than Janet Jackson's 'wardrobe malfunction,' said a lobbyist working on the issue."Some other links today:Dennis Moore-Kris Kobach links[Kobach, Moore scrutinize backers][3]Jerry Moran links[Drought assistance passes House][4]Todd Tiahrt links[House OKs tax break for aviation][5]How to contactAs always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][6] [1]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A16587-2004Oct7.html [2]: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000662593 [3]: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/9863788.htm [4]: http://www.pratttribune.com/articles/2004/10/07/news/news3.txt [5]: http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/business/9865555.htm [6]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed


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