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Two Priority "Oppose" Telecommunications Bills Fail to Move Forward

May 2, 2013
AB 162 (Holden) and AB 185 (Hernández), both originally scheduled to be heard in Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday, will not move forward this year. The bills’ authors pulled them from the committee agenda. Both bills would have had significant impacts on cities, and the League wants to thank our members who reached out to the authors and other legislators to explain their opposition.
AB 162 (Holden) would have codified the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Shot Clock Rule in state law, with some significant and notable changes. The bill also would have adopted FCC guidance regarding the definition of “significantly change” into law.
AB 185 (Hernández) would have required local agencies that collect franchise fees to broadcast council and planning commission meetings of the agency collecting the franchise fees and allow franchise fees to be used for this purpose. The bill also increased the retention period for audio and video recordings of open and public meetings from 30 days to two years.

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