Senate Smut Bill May Reach Floor This Week; Expected to Pass with Flying Pastels
Senate leader Bill Frist says that the Senate’s indecency bill should reach the floor this week. Next-door, Tom DeLay says that the differences between his chamber’s bill and the Senate bill should be worked out easily in conference. In other words, it will pass.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said if broadcasters using the public airwaves “are not going to assume the responsibility that goes along with it then apparently government has to step in and insist that they do.”
However, Sen. Patty Murry, D-Wash., said she isn’t sure that heftier fines are needed, adding that Americans are “pretty good at responding to issues that they don’t like” and can always “turn off the television.”
In the Houston Chronicle.