It's Official: Illinois Legislates ‘First Informer' StatusBroadcasters, MSOs Will Get Expedited Access to Fuel in Emergencies; Second State after Nevada to Pass Law 1/31/2013 11:48 AM Eastern
The First Informer Broadcasters Act has been signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn, according to Dennis Lyle, president of the Illinois Broadcasters Association.
It passed 114 to 0 in the house last spring, followed by a 50-0 vote in the State Senate this month. "This legislation assures our broadcasters can keep generators fueled, and stations operational, in times of disasters, allowing them to do what they best; keeping the public informed," Lyle said in a statement.
"I believe Illinois becomes only the second state -- Nevada was first -- in the country with legislation on the books ensuring emergency credentials for our broadcasters and cable operators in times of disasters and emergencies," Lyle told B&C.
At the federal level, the FCC also makes an effort to speed fuel deliveries to generators in times of emergency to keep communications facilities up and running.