Category: Legislative Update

Federal Judge Orders Census Counting to Continue to October 31

A federal judge in California on Thursday (9/24) ruled that the 2020 Census will not end on September 30 as previously planned, but will and instead be extended to conclude on October 31. The Trump administration filed a notice on Friday (9/25) to appeal that decision, according to a report on NPR. Michigan Census 2020… read more

House Passes Series of COVID-19 Liability Protections

A series of bills shielding employers from what supporters call potentially “frivolous” lawsuits related to the COVID-19 pandemic were passed in the House on Wednesday (9/23), according to a report in Gongwer. Under the bills, employers would not be liable for an employee’s exposure to COVID-19 if the exposure happened during the COVID-19 state of… read more

FCC Proposes $512,228 in Fines to TV Stations for Violating Rules Requiring Good Faith Negotiation of Retransmission Consent Agreements

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP With the October 1 deadline coming up for retransmission consent/must carry elections, and the likely commencement of many retransmission consent negotiations throughout the country, the FCC last week issued a decision that emphasizes the importance of “good faith” retransmission consent negotiations.  In this action, the full Commission denied an Application for Review that… read more

Media Bureau Regulatory Fee Instructions Issued – No Fees for Translator CPs

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The Media Bureau (9/8) issued its Fact Sheet for the Annual Regulatory Fees for 2020 – expanding on the information available in the various public notices released last week, about which we wrote here.  This Fact Sheet sets out the general information as to how much is owed by various classes of… read more

Governor Tells Business Leaders State Of Emergency Could Continue For ‘Months’

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told Michigan business leaders on Thursday (9/17) the state of emergency she enacted in March to respond to the coronavirus pandemic will likely last months longer, according to a report in Gongwer. She outlined a similar timeline in an opinion piece published on Friday (9/18) in The Detroit Free Press. Speaking to… read more

Nathan A. Simington Nominated to FCC

The White House announced Tuesday (9/15), that President Trump intends to nominate longtime telecom lawyer Nathan A. Simington, who is currently senior advisor in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) specializing in network and telecommunications policy, to the Federal Communications Commission. He is being picked to replace current Commissioner Mike O’Rielly, who’s nomination for… read more

Michigan Census Needs More Help!

By: Karole L. White, MAB President/CEO The Census in Michigan needs our help to reach the 4.3 million rural areas and hard to count populations. It is unfortunate that the U.S. Census and the COVID-19 pandemic shared the same time span. COVID has taken over the top news slots. In spite of the challenges, Michigan… read more

2020 Annual Regulatory Fees Due by September 25 – Fee Filer Now Open and FCC Accepting Waiver Requests

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC released a Public Notice late Friday afternoon (9/4) announcing the annual regulatory fees for 2020 will be due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on September 25, and setting out the procedures for payment.  Another Public Notice announced that the fee filing system is now open to accept fee payment.  A third Public Notice set out… read more