WASHINGTON — Chafing over racy broadcasts like Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Super Bowl, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday authorizing unprecedented fines for indecency.
“This is a penalty that makes broadcasters sit up and take notice,” said Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee that sent the bill to the full House. “This legislation makes great strides in making it safe for families to come back into their living room.”
The White House, in a statement, said it strongly supports the legislation that “will make broadcast television and radio more suitable for family viewing.”
The Senate is considering a similar bill. Any differences in the two will have to be worked out before it goes to President Bush for a signature. Last year the two chambers were unable to reach a compromise.