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Texas' Poe takes lead on Federal shield law effort
-TAB endorses move to protect sources

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, has signed on as the Republican point man in the U.S. House of Representatives for efforts to pass a Federal shield law. The move comes in the wake of revelations that the Department of Justice secretly seized phone records of more than 100 Associated Press reporters and monitored another reporter's personal email and cell phone records. "It is abundantly clear that reporters cannot assure their sources of privacy if there is no way to determine whether the government is tracking communications," said TAB President Oscar Rodriguez. (TAB members only.)
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'Stand by your ad' disclaimers could hit state, local ads
Michael Schneider, Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
One of hundreds of bills awaiting action by Gov. Rick Perry is the Texas Ethics Commission sunset bill, SB 219, by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston. The bill does many things related to Texas elections, but of special note to broadcasters is that it would impose the federal "stand by your ad" provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act on state and local candidates just in time for the 2014 election season. The "stand by your ad" rule requires the candidate to acknowledge that they approved the content of their own political ads and who paid for them. (TAB members only.)
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Will Open Government issues be added to ongoing redistricting special session?
Michael Schneider, Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
It happens with regularity to an irregular legislative special session – bills are filed that are not part of “the call”, in hopes that the governor will expand the topic issues he or she wishes addressed by state lawmakers. The 83rd Texas Legislature, 1st called special session, is no different. At this point, only the topics of redistricting and transportation have been raised by Gov. Rick Perry. With special sessions limited by law to just 30 days, it appears less likely that Perry will expand the call of the session any further. (TAB members only.)
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Nominations open for TAB Board seats
Beth Bobbitt, Vice President, Member Services
TAB members nominate the broadcasters who will be elected to the Board of Directors for the next year. The Board meets about six times each year, including twice by conference call. Board members are responsible for advising TAB staff on member services and legislative policy, providing fiduciary oversight for the organization and assisting with all major organizational efforts, including the NCSA program and membership recruitment. Board members are not compensated or reimbursed for traveling to Board meetings, nor do they receive complimentary admission to TAB events.
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Texas Creative Co-Op: Promotion ideas from Doug Harris
Doug Harris, Creative Animal International
TAB members have a great resource for sales and promotions ideas through the online Texas Creative Co-Op service. This week, Doug Harris — internationally-known speaker, trainer and idea generator for the broadcast industry — offers some great ideas for April Fool's Day and more. (TAB members only.)
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Convention Focus: Haynes and Boone LLP
Haynes and Boone LLP is a longtime TAB Silver Star Associate Member and 2013 TAB Convention Sponsor. They are an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, California, Washington, D.C., Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City, providing a full spectrum of legal services.
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Pathfinder Communications Inc.
Pathfinder Communications Inc., a TAB Associate Member, is a full-service advertising agency. They specialize in creative services, media planning and placement and production. Their clients include political — candidates, PACs, advocacy groups — nonprofit organizations and corporate/retail.
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FCC considers a change of definition that could shake up broadcast business
Broadcast Engineering
Change is happening so fast in the television business that it's getting harder and harder to keep up. But as television continues its move toward the Internet, a newly appointed FCC will consider a change that could have huge implications for the entire industry.
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FCC annual regulatory fees for broadcasters proposed to increase
Broadcast Law Blog
One annual notice that was released recently by the FCC is the proposal for the 2013's annual regulatory fees, which will be payable in August or September to reimburse the government, for the cost of the FCC's regulation of the industry. Each year, prior to implementing the new fees, the FCC asks for comments on the fees to be paid by licensees — teeing up specific issues where procedures or allocations of fees for public comment before such changes are implemented. This year is no exception.
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Spectrum repack may leave rural TV viewers in the dark
Broadcast Engineering
Repacking television spectrum following the FCC's incentive auction to free up more frequencies for more wireless broadband service will likely harm OTA TV viewers, particularly those in the western United States, where TV translators and low-power stations extend the reach of full-power stations across vast expanses of land and into areas where mountainous terrain impedes reception.
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New FCC webpage aims to simplify input channel updates
Broadcast Engineering
The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology and Media Bureau said it has developed a special webpage facility for TV translator, LPTV and Class A TV stations to update their input channel data in the Media Bureau's CDBS.

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2013 regulation fees: The FCC proposes a couple of alternatives
CommLawBlog
Several industry stakeholders recently met with various FCC representatives at the commission about reviving AM. Stakeholders discuss short- and long-term proposals to help AM, including migrating AMs to Channels 5 and 6.

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Lawmakers take up redistricting while Perry ponders vetoes
Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
When Gov. Perry ordered legislators to take up legislative and congressional redistricting, many capitol observers characterized the budding special session as a "quick and easy" dispensation of long-pending business.

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Triston Sanders named executive news director at KENS-TV
TVSpy
Triston Sanders is joining KENS-TV, the CBS affiliate in San Antonio, as executive news director, TVSpy has learned. It is a move within Belo for Sanders, who has been assistant news director at WWL-TV in New Orleans since September 2012.
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News 12 Paris launched June 10
KXII-TV
For the first time, the citizens of Paris, Lamar County and its surrounding area will have their own newscasts at 6 and 10 p.m. It's the culmination of years of hard work by the engineers, managers and many others at KXII-TV. Recently, they launched a low-power television station originating from Paris. Viewers can watch KXIP-TV over-the-air on channels 24.1 (CBS) and 24.3 (FOX). Paris newscasts debut June 10 on their CBS station during News 12 at Six and News 12 at Ten.
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