Category: Legislative Update

Committee Approves Bills, Opening Legislative, Governor Records

A package of bills creating the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) and extending FOIA provisions to the Governor’s office was unanimously approved by the House Oversight and Ethics Committee. There were a couple key changes. Lawmakers added language empowering the administrator of the Legislative Council to recommend disciplinary action to the Speaker of the House… read more

Must Read: A Broadcaster’s Guide to the U.S. Department of Labor’s New Overtime Exemption Requirements

By:  Julia E. Judish, Scott R. Flick, and Jessica Nyman Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor published final regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) that more than doubled the minimum salary level necessary to be exempt from the Act’s overtime rules. While the changes affect all businesses subject… read more

House Passes Public Threat Alert System

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a public threat alert system in an effort to “lessen the scale of future tragedies.” House Bill 5442 passed 106-2 and would require the Department of State Police to establish and maintain a public threat alert system plan to activate as called for under departmental policies. The plan would… read more

NAB Thanks Congress For Opposing Performance Royalty With Ad

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is running an ad in Capitol Hill newsletters and publications thanking more than 250 members of the U.S. House and Senate for co-sponsoring the Local Radio Freedom Act, which opposes any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charges on local broadcast radio stations. The resolution, which was introduced… read more

FCC Announces June 24 Effective Date for Radio Online Public Inspection File; New System For TV

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP www.broadcastlawblog.com On May 13, the FCC issued a Public Notice that the obligation will begin on June 24 to start uploading documents to the online public file for radio stations in the Top 50 markets. For Top 50 market commercial radio stations that are part of employment units with… read more

Legislation Speeds Up Public Notice For Contaminated Water

Under the new legislation proposed by State Representative Sheldon Neeley (D-34), state regulators will have two business days to notify residents of water contaminants such as arsenic or lead, instead of the 30 days in current law. House Bill 5120, taken up by House Government Operations Committee, shortens the window in which the Department of… read more

Appeals Court Rejects Open Meetings Claims Against U of M

According to the Michigan Court of Appeals, informal meetings of the University of Michigan Board of Regents do not violate the state’s Open Meetings Act. The unanimous decision, in Detroit Free Press v. University of Michigan Regents (COA docket No. 328182), upheld a finding by the Court of Claims that the constitutional provision giving the… read more