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Texans Get Peek at Spending Wish-List for COVID Recovery Funds

State lawmakers this week revealed a dozen different ways they’d like to spend the remaining $16.3 billion in federal funds the state received through President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) which Congress approved in January.

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FCC’s Political Broadcast Rules Apply to Local Candidates

While most political watchers’ eyes are on the Nov. 2 Texas constitutional amendment election, Texas municipalities are increasingly shifting their elections to the November general election date rather than use the traditional May uniform election date.

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TAB Honors Six Industry Leaders at #TAB2021

Texas Radio & Television Broadcasters celebrate the achievements of six extraordinary industry leaders at TAB’s Annual Awards Gala.

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2022 Political Cycle Already Underway in Texas

With the close of the regular legislative session, the jockeying for position in 2022 state and congressional elections has begun in earnest, with potential statewide GOP primary races garnering the most high-profile activity.

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Reports: Next National EAS Test Slated for Aug. 11

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is widely expected to resume nationwide testing of the U.S. Emergency Alert System (EAS) this year after a 2020 hiatus due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Schedule Taking Shape for TAB2021

-    Plan to Join Us In-Person in Austin on Aug. 3-4 Hope to see everyone in-person on Tuesday and Wednesday,…

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Open Government Bills Advance as Legislative Session’s End Nears

With 34 days left in the 87th Texas Legislature, all but one of TAB ‘s Open Government legislative initiatives have been heard and approved by a House or Senate committee, and two have moved from one chamber to the other.

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Newest Texas Congressman Sides with Radio on Performance Tax

Rep. Jake Ellzey, R-Midlothian, is the 16th member of the Texas Congressional delegation to sign on as a co-sponsor of The Local Radio Freedom Act. The measure opposes requiring local broadcast Radio stations to pay a performance royalty to record labels in addition to the millions of dollars in royalties the industry already pays to songwriters, authors and composers through firms like ASCAP, BMI, GMR and SESAC.

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FCC Provides Instructional Video on Filing Ownership Reports

The window for Texas stations to file their 2021 FCC biennial ownership reports on FCC Form 323 or 323-E is now open.

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FCC Noncomm Educational FM Application Window Opens Nov. 2

The FCC has issued a public notice to remind parties interested in an upcoming filing window for new noncommercial educational FM stations.

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TAB Files Brief in Court Challenge to State Drone Law

TAB last week moved to file a friend of the court brief supporting a lawsuit filed in November 2020 by a Texas news photographer challenging the constitutionality of the state’s law restricting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles – commonly known as drones – for newsgathering purposes.

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Biennial FCC Ownership Reports Due This Fall

The FCC’s Media Bureau has issued a Public Notice reminding commercial and noncommercial broadcasters of their upcoming obligation to file 2021 biennial ownership reports on FCC Form 323 or 323-E, respectively.

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