Public Broadcasting Financing Act

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Public Broadcasting Financing Act

Public Broadcasting Financing Act

Act Details

Public Broadcasting Financing Act was, as a bill, a proposal (now, a piece of legislation) introduced on 1975-04-29 in the House of Commons and Senate respectively of the 94 United States Congress by Torbert Hart Macdonald in relation with: Appropriations, Broadcasting, Department of the Treasury, Public broadcasting, Science, technology, communications.

Public Broadcasting Financing Act became law (1) in the United States on 1975-12-31

It was referred to the following Committee(s): (2)

House Interstate and Foreign Commerce (HSIF)
House Appropriations (HSAP)

Torbert Hart Macdonald, member of the US congress
Torbert Hart Macdonald, Democrat, Representative from Massachusetts, district 7

The proposal had the following cosponsors:

William Mcnulty Brodhead, Democrat, Representative, from Michigan, district 17
Goodloe Byron, Representative, from Maryland, district 6
Charles Joseph Carney, Democrat, Representative, from Ohio, district 19
Louis Frey, Republican, Representative, from Florida, district 9
Edward Rell Madigan, Republican, Representative, from Illinois, district 15
John Michael Murphy, Democrat, Representative, from New York, district 17
Timothy E. Wirth, Democrat, Senator, from Colorado

Act Overview

Text of the Public Broadcasting Financing Act

(Conference report filed in House H. Rept. 94-713) Public Broadcasting Financing Act – Establishes the Public Broadcasting Fund and authorizes appropriations to it for the fiscal years during the period from July 1 1975 through September 30 1980 based on a percentage of the amounts received by public broadcasting entities from non-Federal sources. Provides that the funds authorized by this Act shall be used solely for the expenses of the Public Broadcasting Corporation and that the Corporation shall determine the amount of non-Federal financial support received by public broadcasting entities for the purpose of determining the amount of each authorization and shall certify such amount to the Secretary of the Treasury. Directs a significant portion of the monies from the Fund to be used for development and dissemination of instructional programming and solely for the expenses of the Public Broadcasting Corporation. Requires the Corporation to reserve for distribution among the licensees and permittees of noncommercial educational broadcast stations on the air an amount not less than 40 percent of funds disbursed to the Corporation from the Fund in fiscal year 1975 and up to a percentage of 50 percent or more in fiscal year 1980. Sets forth a formula for allocation of such funds among licensees and permittees on the basis of eligibility criteria that promote the public interest in noncommercial educational broadcasting. States that no distribution of such funds shall exceed in any fiscal year one-half of a licensee's or permittee's total non-Federal financial support during the fiscal year second preceding the fiscal year in which such distribution is made. Prescribes the uses of such funds by licensees and permittees. Makes officers and directors of the Corporation available to testify before appropriate committees of the Congress for specified purposes. Defines
on-Federal financial support” and “public broadcasting entity” for purposes of this Act.

Act Notes

  • [Note 1] An Act (like Public Broadcasting Financing Act) or a resolution cannot become a law in the United States until it has been approved (passed) in identical form by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as signed by the President (but see (5)). If the two bodys of the Congress versions of an Act are not identical, one of the bodies might decide to take a further vote to adopt the bill (see more about the Congress process here). An Act may be pass in identical form with or without amendments and with or without conference. (see more about Enrollment).
  • [Note 2] Proposals are referred to committees for preliminary consideration, then debated, amended, and passed (or rejected) by the full House or Senate. To prevent endless shuttling of bills between the House and Senate, bills like Public Broadcasting Financing Act are referred to joint committees made up of members of both houses.
  • [Note 3] For more information regarding this legislative proposal, go to THOMAS, select “Bill Number,” search on (Public Broadcasting Financing Act)
  • [Note 4] An Act to amend certain provisions of the Communications Act of 1934 to provide long-term financing for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and for other purposes. The current official title of a bill is always present, assigned at introduction (for example, in this case, on 1975-04-29) and can be revised any time. This type of titles are sentences.
  • [Note 5] The Act is referred to the appropriate committee by the Speaker of any of the two Houses. Bills are placed on the calendar of the committee to which they have been assigned. See Assignment Process.
  • [Note 6] Regarding exceptions to President´s approval, a bill that is not signed (returned unsigned) by the President can still become law if at lest two thirds of each of the two bodys of the Congress votes to pass it, which is an infrequent case. See also Presidential Veto.
  • [Note 7] Legislative Proposal types can be: hr, hres, hjres, hconres, s, sres, sjres, sconres. A bill originating in the Senate is designated by the letter “S”, and a bill originating from the House of Representatives begins with “H.R.”, followed, in both cases, by its individual number which it retains throughout all its parliamentary process.
  • [Note 8] For information regarding related bill/s to Public Broadcasting Financing Act, go to THOMAS.


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Department of the Treasury
Public broadcasting
Science, technology, communications

Further Reading

  • “How our laws are made”, Edward F Willett; Jack Brooks, Washington, U.S. G.P.O.
  • “To make all laws : the Congress of the United States, 1789-1989”, James H Hutson- Washington, Library of Congress.
  • “Bills introduced and laws enacted: selected legislative statistics, 1947-1990”, Rozanne M Barry; Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.

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