A House panel today (Feb. 13) marked up a bill that would increase broadcast fines for indecency. The bill has been sent to the full House Commerce Committee for approval.

A House panel today (Feb. 13) marked up a bill that would increase broadcast fines for indecency. The bill has been sent to the full House Commerce Committee for approval.

Currently, maximum fines for broadcast of indecent material are $27,500. If the bill passes, they will jump to $275,000, with a maximum of $300,000 for violations involving several incidents.

Lawmakers on the panel held back proposed amendments to speed the bill to full committee.

As previously reported, Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell spoke Wednesday (Feb. 10) at hearings at both the Senate and the House about broadcast indecency issues. Scrutiny on these issues has intensified in the wake of Janet Jackson's exposure during the Feb. 1 Super Bowl half-time show.