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Sales tax clarification effort underway
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
TAB's effort to bring parity to the taxability of digital transmission equipment is officially underway now that legislation has been filed in both chambers of the Legislature. If successful, the measure will clarify that such equipment is exempt from sales tax whether it's purchased by a radio station or a TV station. While that was the state's official policy for years, a 2010 administrative ruling suspended the exemption for radio stations. Rep. Kyle Kacal, R-Bryan, authored HB 2570. Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, filed the Senate companion, SB 1030. The measures must be approved by key committees and clear both chambers before consideration by Gov. Greg Abbott. TAB will alert radio stations when it's appropriate to weigh in with their lawmakers.
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TAB's newsroom legislative package filed at Capitol; lawmakers in bill filing frenzy
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Texans mark a big legislative milestone this week at the Capitol — the March 13 regular bill filing deadline. Lawmakers are rushing to beat it; so far, they have filed approximately 4,000 bills. It remains to be seen if they will break the all-time record set by the 81st Texas Legislature of 7,400 bills filed in the 2009 regular session. Lawmakers are on pace, however, to match if not surpass the nearly 5,900 measures filed in the 2013 session. The staff of the Legislative Council, the entity that drafts laws, is burning the candle at both ends and it is clear there will be a bill deluge this week.
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Teradek
Teradek, a TAB Gold Patron Associate Member, is an innovator of wireless video devices and software platforms that facilitate creative acquisition and live broadcasting in full HD. Teradek's H.264 encoders, bonded cellular devices and latency-free transmission systems are used throughout many industries for aerial video capture, live ENG backhaul, real-time monitoring, proxy recording and webcasting. For complex wireless workflows, Teradek's cloud-based workflow management platform provides a powerful option for remotely managing a fleet of Teradek devices in real-time.
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CueScript
CueScript's prompter monitors include integrated mounting for easy set up. They have a sleek, low profile design that not only looks good, but is robust and durable. Low energy consumption and three modes of power startup mean that no fans are required. Presenters will see the difference in CueScript's range of prompters with high-resolution LED screens. Built in LED Cue lights have been taken to the next level, offering adjustable brightness and 180 degree viewing with a wrap-around design. CueScript is a TAB Bronze Associate Member.
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Free music licensing webinar set for March 25
Fletcher Heald & Hildreth

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'March Madness' is a trademarked term — use caution when considering its use in ads and promotions
Broadcast Law Blog

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April 2 effective date set for STELAR-mandated rule changes
CommLawBlog

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FCC renews TV station licenses after educational nature of children's programming challenged; but with a warning to other broadcasters
Broadcast Law Blog

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