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GOALS
To promote and protect free, over-the-air, broadcasters' interests before Congress and Washington State Legislature; to facilitate additional contact between broadcasters and elected officials by providing them with opportunities to meet and discuss issues and build relationships.

"No one's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session."
Estate of A. B., Gideon J. Tucker, New York Surrogate Reports, 1 Tucker (N. Y. Surr.) 249 (1896) 

WSAB President & CEO, Mark Allen and Legislative Counsel, Becky Bogard, are constantly on guard for legislative issues that will affect broadcasters. WSAB has an enviable record of protecting broadcasters' welfare and promoting their interests in state and federal policy decisions.

State Legislative Issues

  • AMBER Alert Broadcast Immunity/Hoaxes
  • Reporter's Shield Law
  • Sales Tax on Advertising
  • Alcoholic Beverage Advertising
  • State Lottery Advertising
  • Talent Non-Compete Contracts
  • Political Advertising Requirements
  • Reporters Access to Government Records & Meetings
  • Reporters Access to Meetings of Government Agency Governing Bodies
  • Broadcasters' B & O Tax Deductions from Gross Revenue
  • V-Chip/Television Violence
  • Gambling, Promotional Contest Advertising
  • Auto Lease/Credit Sales Financial Disclosures
  • Auto VIN Numbers
  • Roadside Assistance Vans
  • Agricultural Product Disparagement Lawsuits
  • Storecasting
  • Tower Siting/Radiation Exposure Limits
  • Electricity Industry De-Regulation

Congressional Issues

  • Broadcasters are 1st Responders
  • Digital Television Transition
  • Multi-Cast Must-Carry
  • Unhealthy Food Advertising
  • Satellite Radio Local Content
  • XM-Sirius Satellite Radio Merger
  • Unlicensed Devices in TV "White Spaces"
  • Performance Royalty for Over-the-Air Music
  • Performance Fee for Streaming Music
  • Cameras in Federal Courtrooms
  • Reporter's Shield Law in Federal Cases
  • Media Ownership Restrictions
  • Prescription Drug Advertising
  • Fairness Doctrine
  • Spectrum Auctions & Fees
  • Alcoholic Beverage Advertising Restrictions
  • Advertising Expense Deduction
  • Free Time for Candidates/Political Broadcasting/Campaign Finance Reform
  • Tower-Site Lease Fees
  • Violence/Indecency
  • LPFM Interference
  • Retransmission Consent/Must Carry

Broadcaster-Legislator Hometown Idea Exchanges
WSAB hosts informal meetings between legislators their local broadcasters. These meetings provide the opportunity for broadcasters to build relationships with their elected officials, educate them on the business of broadcasting and how public policy decisions affect their local broadcasters. One meeting is held each year in each Member of Congress' home district during a congressional recess. Additional meetings are held right after the general election in even-numbered years when Members of Congress and the State Legislature have just been elected.

WSAB Meetings with Members of Congress
Once a year, WSAB takes broadcasters to Washington, D. C. to meet with our Members of Congress and U. S. Senators in their Capitol Hill offices. WSAB President & CEO, Mark Allen, also travels to Washington, D. C. to meet with members of Washington's congressional delegation two or more times each year, as well. The Association's access to Members of Congress and their key staff advisors on broadcast issues can only be described as outstanding.


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