House to Janet: We're in Control

3/11/2004 9:17 AM Eastern

The House passed legislation Thursday that would fine broadcasters up to $500,000 per violation for airing indecent programming from 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

The legislation -- a response to Janet Jackson's Super Bowl breast exposure, seen by millions of families with children -- passed 391-21.

The bill would authorize the Federal Communications Commission, which currently can't fine violators more than $27,500, to fine TV networks and on-air performers for willful violations.

The FCC would have 180 days to resolve indecency cases. A broadcast licensee with three violations in an eight-year period could have its license revoked.

Cable operators and networks are not covered by the legislation or by current FCC indecency regulations.

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