H.R.5120 - Broadcasters Protection Act of 198498th Congress (1983-1984)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Bliley, Tom [R-VA-3] (Introduced 03/14/1984)|
|Committees:||House - Energy and Commerce|
|Latest Action:||House - 03/19/1984 Referred to Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Consumer Protection and Finance. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.5120 — 98th Congress (1983-1984)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (03/14/1984)
Broadcasters' Protection Act of 1984 - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to declare that provisions requiring a broadcast station licensee to provide equal opportunities for station access to political candidates and prohibiting the licensee from censoring a candidate's broadcast do not require the licensee to broadcast any material the broadcast of which the licensee believes would violate any criminal law. Provides that a licensee's refusal to broadcast material based on such belief shall be a defense to any revocation action by the Federal Communications Commission and shall not be used adversely against the licensee in a comparative licensing process.
Permits a broadcaster to petition any appropriate U.S. district court for a determination as to whether the broadcast of such material would violate a criminal law and for declaratory judgment relief. Allows a candidate whose broadcast is denied to petition the court for such a determination and for declaratory judgment relief with respect to such denial.