House Panel OKs Bills Targeting FCC Regulatory Power

Law360, New York (November 16, 2011, 7:51 PM EST) -- A House subcommittee on Wednesday approved two Republican-sponsored bills aimed at reining in the Federal Communications Commission's regulatory authority, requiring the commission to justify new rulemaking and limiting its ability to extract concessions from merging communications companies.

The House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee approved the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2011, or H.R. 3309, by a vote of 14 to 9, and the Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2011, or H.R. 3310, by voice vote.

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