Category: Legislative Update

House Holds Off on ‘Gag Order’ Fix

Last week, the Michigan House of Representatives scheduled HB 5219 for a floor vote but pulled the bill before the vote could take place. The bill is designed to clarify what local municipalities can say on ballot proposals using taxpayer dollars. HB 5219 currently states that local entities can provide factual and strictly neutral mass communications… read more

Another Spectrum Reform Bill in the Works

Senator John Thune (R-SD), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, released a statement that he and ranking committee member Bill Nelson (D-FL) are planning to introduce a spectrum reform bill later this week, titled ‘The Mobile Now Act,’ with the goal of improving wireless access. However, Thune’s House counterpart, House Energy… read more

Snyder’s Budget Focuses on Flint, DPS

Last week Governor Snyder proposed the $54.9 billion 2016-2017 budget titled, “We Are One Michigan.” Snyder identified fixing the Flint water crisis and Detroit Public Schools (DPS) as the top priorities for the spending plan. The $54.9 billion budget includes $10.2 billion in General Funds and $12.5 billion in School Aid Funds.  The largest single share… read more

MAB Testifies on a Drone Bill in Senate Transportation Committee

Last week, MAB Government Relations Manager Elena Palombo testified in the Senate Transportation Committee in opposition to Senate Bill 432 – legislation that prohibits drones from operating within 1,000 feet of Mackinac Bridge. The MAB asked the committee to consider amendatory language to the bill, which will allow FCC-licensed TV and radio stations, and their… read more

Senate Panel Reinstates Some Tax Credits

The Michigan Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved a four-bill package to reinstate some of the tax credits that were eliminated in 2011 when Governor Snyder’s (R) tax reform was enacted. The bills would: Allow a taxpayer to claim an income tax credit of up to 50 percent of charitable contributions he or she made to public… read more

Bill Restricts Advertising for Healthy Michigan Fund

MAB opposed Senate Bill 542, introduced by State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker (R-26), which prohibits the use of state funds to advertise or encourage enrollment in the Healthy Michigan Fund, a Medicaid extension program authorized through the Affordable Care Act. MAB opposes any legislation that restricts advertising and the free flow of information from government to… read more

FCC Adopts Online Public File for Radio

At its open meeting on January 28, the FCC adopted rules requiring radio to have an online public file.  The new rule will: Require entities to upload to the online file only public file documents that are not already on file with the FCC or maintained by the Commission in its own database. The Commission… read more

AM Revitalization Rules to Take Effect February 18

The FCC’s AM revitalization rules have been published in the Federal Register on January 19. The publication sets the effective date of the new rules as February 18, and establishes the framework for the one-time FM translators-for-AM stations filing windows in 2017, the continuation of “MATTOON Waivers” and the 250-mile window for moving existing translators… read more