Category Archives: Legislative Update

MABPAC Fundraiser Helps All Broadcasters

JOIN US!

The MAB Political Action Committee (MABPAC) would like to invite you to their annual Summer Fundraiser. The event will feature a reception at the Mountain Top along with private chair lift rides at Crystal Mountain Resort with the breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

MABPAC helps to assure that your voice is heard in Lansing!  FOIA issues have been in the headlines as of late and it takes strong relationships to maintain access to information.

MABPAC will also be joined by John D. Pirich, Partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohen LLP, an expert specializing in ballot proposals, to discuss predictions for the upcoming 2018 elections and the political climate in Michigan and across the country. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask your campaign related questions and listen to the insider’s forecast for the 2018 election cycle.  Also on-hand will be Rob Elhenicky, Partner and MAB Lobbyist with Kelley Cawthorne in Lansing.

WHAT: MABPAC 2017 Summer Fundraiser
WHEN: Monday, August 21 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, MI
Tickets: $200 per person, includes lift ride, reception with full bar and appetizers.

Reserve your spot by clicking HERE.

Questions? Contact Elena Palombo at Palombo@michmab.com or 517-484-7444.

Thank you and we hope to see you at Crystal Mountain!

NOTE: In accordance with the Michigan Campaign Finance Act, only personal payments/checks are accepted. NO corporate checks, please.

Court Rejects Request to Stay UHF Discount

According to a report in TVNewsCheck, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied the emergency stay motion filed by public interest groups that sought to prevent the FCC from implementing its decision to reinstate the so-called UHF discount that the groups claim will “make it easier for the nation’s largest television ownership groups to acquire additional stations and crowd out diverse and local voices.” A stay would have prevented the UHF discount from going into effect while the court hears the case on its merits. Restoring the UHF discount to its national ownership rule, in effect, raises the limit on household coverage of TV station groups from 39% to 78%.

The FCC had urged the court to deny the stay, saying the public interest groups’ request fell “far short” of meeting the criteria for a stay.

Part-Time Legislature Petition Cleared by the Bureau of Elections

After initial uncertainty over possible defects in the petition language for the part-time legislature proposal, the Bureau of Elections is now satisfied that Lt. Governor Brian Calley’s part-time legislature petition meets the “technical requirements” in state law. That means the language could go to a Board of State Canvassers for consideration to be approved as early as this week. The petition includes language to make legislature part-time with no more than 90 consecutive session days and cuts legislators’ pay in half.

Medical Marijuana Advertising Ban Introduced

Lawmakers in both the House and the Senate introduced legislation to ban billboard advertising for medical marijuana. Senator Rick Jones (R-24) and Representative Andy Schor (D-68) said in a press release that the legislation is in line with similar bans on tobacco billboard advertising. The bills, SB 463 and HB 4767, ban billboards for medical marijuana, dispensaries and businesses that provide access to the drug.

Though the bills do not mention radio and television advertising, the MAB has a long standing policy that any item legally sold should be legal to advertise.

According to MAB legal counsel David Oxenford, because medical marijuana or otherwise is not legal on the federal level, broadcasters are prohibited from advertising it anyway.  Still the MAB does not want to see the confusion of dual restrictions in the event federal legalization were to pass.

Have Fun and Keep Our Voice Strong in Lansing!

JOIN US!

The MAB Political Action Committee (MABPAC) would like to invite you to their annual Summer Fundraiser. The event will feature a reception at the Mountain Top along with private chair lift rides at Crystal Mountain Resort with the breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

MABPAC helps to assure that your voice is heard in Lansing!  FOIA issues have been in the headlines as of late and it takes strong relationships to maintain access to information.

MABPAC will also be joined by John D. Pirich, Partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohen LLP, an expert specializing in ballot proposals, to discuss predictions for the upcoming 2018 elections and the political climate in Michigan and across the country. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask your campaign related questions and listen to the insider’s forecast for the 2018 election cycle.  Also on-hand will be Rob Elhenicky, Partner and MAB Lobbyist with Kelley Cawthorne in Lansing.

WHAT: MABPAC 2017 Summer Fundraiser
WHEN: Monday, August 21 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, MI
Tickets: $200 per person, includes lift ride, reception with full bar and appetizers.

Reserve your spot by clicking HERE.

Questions? Contact Elena Palombo at Palombo@michmab.com or 517-484-7444.

Thank you and we hope to see you at Crystal Mountain!

NOTE: In accordance with the Michigan Campaign Finance Act, only personal payments/checks are accepted. NO corporate checks, please.

FCC Deadline Reminder for Repacked TV Stations

According to Broadcast Law Blog, the FCC issued a Public Notice to remind stations that are being repacked as to some of the deadlines in this repacking process.

July 12, 2017: Unless they have been granted a waiver of this deadline (requests were due June 12), all reassigned stations and band changing stations must electronically file applications for construction permits to build their post-auction channel facilities no later than July 12, 2017. Although stations have until this deadline to make these filings, the Public Notice encourages stations to do so as soon as possible.

July 12, 2017: Reassigned stations, as well as MVPDs that will incur costs by continuing to carry reassigned stations, must file their estimated construction costs for equipment and services no later than July 12, 2017. These relocation cost estimates and any required supporting documentation must be filed electronically with the FCC using FCC Form 2100, Schedule 399.

FCC Releases Instructions for Window for AM Stations to File for FM

According to Broadcast Law Blog, the FCC released the Public Notice setting out instructions for the upcoming window for Class C and D AM stations to file for new FM translators. The window will be open for the submission of applications from July 26 to August 2. Mutually exclusive applications filed during that window will be resolved by an auction if they cannot be resolved by settlements or engineering solutions.

According to the Blog, the notice includes a few “prohibited communications” outside of the settlement window, which means that mutually exclusive applicants can’t talk to each other except during designated settlement windows.

Senate Committee Approves First Round of Opiate Bills

MI Broadcasters Fight Opiate Abuse

The MAB wants to know what your station is doing to help end Opiate abuse. Please share with the MAB about the PSAs you are airing, programs, news coverage, town hall meetings, special reports and events. Send footage and photo’s of the event. Tell us the outcome. We want to feature your activities in MAB News Briefs and the MAB will be putting together a special report on Michigan Broadcasters Fight Opiate Abuse. We will present that to Governor Snyder and his Cabinet along with the collective amount of donated time Michigan Broadcasters gave to this important cause. Thanks for sending us your coverage today.  Email: mab@michmab.com.

The Senate Health Policy Committee has voted on bills targeting the prescribing of opiates and licensing sanctions against those who violate the rules. Among the bills reported out of the committee last week was the requirement that anyone receiving opioids have a demonstrated relationship with the prescribing physician (SB 270).

This bill would require the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, in conjunction with the appropriate licensing boards, to promulgate rules describing such a relationship. The prescribing medical professional would still, before issuing the prescription, have to pull and review a report on the patient’s prescription history to look for possible problems. More controlled substance prescriptions would be reported to the Michigan Automated Prescription System. Prevention of opiate abuse has garnered nationwide attention with Congress and many state legislatures introducing measures to curb the abuse epidemic.

A Fun Time at Crystal Mountain: MABPAC Announces Annual Fundraiser

JOIN US!

The MAB Political Action Committee (MABPAC) would like to invite you to their annual Summer Fundraiser. The event will feature a reception at the Mountain Top along with private chair lift rides at Crystal Mountain Resort with the breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

MABPAC will also be joined by John D. Pirich, Partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohen LLP, an expert specializing in ballot proposals, to discuss predictions for the upcoming 2018 elections and the political climate in Michigan and across the country. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask your campaign related questions and listen to the insider’s forecast for the 2018 election cycle.  Also on-hand will be Rob Elhenicky, Partner and MAB Lobbyist with Kelley Cawthorne in Lansing.

WHAT: MABPAC 2017 Summer Fundraiser
WHEN: Monday, August 21 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, MI
Tickets: $200 per person, includes lift ride, reception with full bar and appetizers.

Reserve your spot by clicking HERE.

Questions? Contact Elena Palombo at Palombo@michmab.com or 517-484-7444.

Thank you and we hope to see you at Crystal Mountain!

NOTE: In accordance with the Michigan Campaign Finance Act, only personal payments/checks are accepted. NO corporate checks, please.

Comment Period Open on Eliminating Main Studio Rule

With publication in the Federal Register on June 2, the FCC is now seeking comments on the proposed elimination of the main studio rule.   Comments are due on or before July 3 and reply comments are due on or before July 17, 2017.

As part of the publication of the proposal, the Commission notes: “In this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), we propose to eliminate the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) rule that requires each AM, FM, and television broadcast station to maintain a main studio located in or near its community of license.”

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the rule was outdated because in the digital age the community has access and can engage with stations via social media or email without having a physical studio nearby.  He also said maintaining a physical address is an expense better put to other uses, like adding more local programming.

In addition to the elimination of the main studio rule, the Commission is also seeking comment on its review of all media rules. The Modernization of Media Regulations will consider all media-related FCC rules with the goal of either reforming or eliminating the rules that are no longer applicable in the modern media environment.   Read the FCC release here.