Indecency Bill Re-Introduced

Legislation would up fines.

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. has re-introduced his Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act. The bill would raise indecency fines on broadcasters and entertainers to as much as $500,000 per violation. It would also require the Federal Communications Commission to consider revocation of a television or radio station's license after three violations.

The bill includes protections against fines for affiliates in instances where the stations are unaware of upcoming network programming.

Upton's bill passed the House last year. Meanwhile, Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, plans to re-introduce a measure to boost fines to as much as $325,000 for a single violation and $3 million for continuing violations, according to a spokesperson.