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Industry A-Listers Headline 2021 TAB Show Aug. 3-4

Some of the greatest minds driving new revenue streams and technology powering broadcasting today will be on hand at the 2021 TAB Show Aug. 3-4 at the JW Marriott in Downtown Austin. Station managers, sellers and engineers will gain insights into growing audience engagement and revenue, as well as modernizing the physical plant.

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Forgot to File First Form for National EAS Test?

- Stations Must Prep Now for Aug. 11 Event With the national EAS test set for Aug. 11, broadcasters should already have filed…

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Abbott to Lift Open Meetings Law Suspensions Sept. 1

Gov. Greg Abbott’s office has approved a request by the Office of the Attorney General to lift the March 2020 pandemic-related suspension of certain provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act.

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TAB to Honor Six Industry Leaders at #TAB2021

Texas Radio & Television Broadcasters will 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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Legislative Session Comes to Bitter End

The 2021 regular session of the Texas Legislature came to a bitter end this week with rancor and recriminations flying between House and Senate leaders over the failure of various measures they espoused, and the governor possibly prompting a constitutional crisis over his threat to eliminate the Legislature’s budget starting in September.

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Two TAB Newsroom Bills Dodge Session’s Closing Strife

The 87th Texas Legislature came to an abrupt halt on Sunday evening as House Democratic lawmakers walked out of a floor session, robbing House leaders of the needed quorum to vote on SB 7, a controversial elections bill authored by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola.

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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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Lawmakers Prepare for Late 2022 Texas Primary Election

Democratic Texas House lawmakers captured headlines last week with their self-imposed exile in Washington, D.C., brought on by what they see as GOP legislative attempts to suppress voting. A cloud of uncertainty over advancing any measures in the current special session now hangs over the Texas Capitol.

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2021 Service to America Awards: Bryan Broadcasting, Scripps Win Big

Texas broadcasters were well represented last week-end as Bryan Broadcasting’s KNDE-FM and Scripps Television clinched wins at the NAB Leadership Foundation’s 2021 Service to America Awards. The awards ceremony has aired on hundreds of stations nationwide, with additional broadcasts planned by some stations.

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Voting in Elections for 11 TAB Board Seats Underway

Voting is underway for TAB’s Board of Directors elections with final ballots due no later than July 26. The elections determine who will represent in the coming year Radio and TV stations in various market sizes across the state, as well as educators, Associates and retired/pioneer members. The top two nominees in each race qualified for the ballot.

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“Skeleton Crew” Issue Continues to Be a Problem for Texas Newsrooms’ TPIA Requests

A Texas Public Information Act loophole not addressed by lawmakers in the recent regular legislative session continues to thwart newsrooms’ efforts to access taxpayer-funded records.

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TAB Pushes Back on FCC’s Soaring Regulatory Fees

TAB once again is pushing back on the FCC’s proposed regulatory fees for broadcasters which continue to soar while tech giants like Microsoft and others skate free despite benefiting immensely from the federal agency’s decision-making.

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