First Informer Broadcaster Legislation

Jim Dalke, CPBE, Editor – It looks like there is a good chance the Washington Legislature will pass a First Informer Broadcaster Bill during this year’s legislative session.  Mark Allen, former President and contract lobbyist for the Washington State Association of Broadcasters reports that HB 1147 passed the House unanimously and also passed the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee unanimously. The bill is now in the Senate Rules Committee awaiting a move to the floor calendar to be heard by the full Senate.

The bill is similar to the Oregon State First Informer Bill that was passed in 2015 and gives that state’s broadcasters the right to access affected communication sites in times of an emergency.

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