Senate Wants Indecency Bill On Fast Track

The Senate Republican leadership is hoping to place a pending indecency bill on the unanimous consent calendar -- which is typically reserved for legislation that is unopposed -- early this week. Lobb

The Senate Republican leadership is hoping to place a pending indecency bill on the unanimous consent calendar -- which is typically reserved for legislation that is unopposed -- early this week. Lobbyists representing recording artists and radio and TV talent are scrambling to stop the move, arguing that a recent provision to the bill requires debate.

Officials for the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA), the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and the Recording Artists Coalition (RAC) have been trying to persuade lawmakers that the revised bill is vague and over-reaching. A recent amendment to bill s. 2056 would authorize the Federal Communications Commission to fine recording artists or other figures up to $500,000 for knowingly uttering indecent language on radio or TV.

The provision was not included in the original bill. A similar amendment allowing the FCC to go after performers was included in the House version, passed March by the House Commerce Committee.