Text: H.R.4401 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (09/19/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 4401


To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to reinstate the obligation of broadcast licensees to afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views on issues of public importance (commonly known as the “Fairness Doctrine”).


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 19, 2019

Ms. Gabbard introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to reinstate the obligation of broadcast licensees to afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views on issues of public importance (commonly known as the “Fairness Doctrine”).

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Restore the Fairness Doctrine Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Fairness doctrine.

Section 315 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 315) is amended—

(1) by redesignating subsections (a) through (e) as subsections (b) through (f), respectively; and

(2) by inserting before subsection (b), as so redesignated, the following:

“(a) Public interest obligation To cover publicly important issues.—A broadcast licensee shall afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views on issues of public importance. The enforcement and application of the requirement imposed by this subsection shall be consistent with the rules and policies of the Commission in effect on January 1, 1987, including sections 73.1920 and 73.1930 (relating to personal attacks and political editorials, respectively) of title 47, Code of Federal Regulations (as in effect on such date).”.


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