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Bono Acts to Ban Profanity in Television and Radio Broadcasts

Location: Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congresswoman Mary Bono (R-CA) joined her colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives today to take action against the use of profane language in television and radio broadcasts. Responding to the recent decision of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow the use of a vulgar word on television and radio, Bono joined in introducing two pieces of legislation that seek vigorous enforcement of indecency and profanity laws.

"As a parent, I share the concern of California families about the level of offensive television and radio programs that are transmitted into our homes," said Congresswoman Bono. "We should be able to turn on the TV or radio without concern of profane programming negatively impacting our children. These two bills are important to ensure that our children are able to continue viewing positive programming without encountering indecent content," added Bono.

Congresswoman Bono is an original cosponsor of a Resolution of the House and H.R. 3717, both of which were introduced in the House of Representatives today. The Resolution of the House expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that the FCC should enforce indecency and profanity laws in order to protect children from indecent and profane programming on broadcast television and radio. H.R. 3717 would increase the penalties for violations by television and radio broadcasters of the laws against obscene, indecent, and profane language.

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