H.R. 3309 - Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012

Bill Text

    Text of H.R. 3309 PDF XML

    Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012

    Text of H. Rept. 112-414 PDF XML

    Report from the Committee on Energy and Commerce 

Rule Information


REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Monday, March 26, 2012.

Adopted by record vote of 242-177, after agreeing to the previous question by record vote of 236-182, on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.  

MANAGERS: Webster/Hastings

1. Structured rule. 

2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce now printed in the bill shall be considered as original text for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.

5. Waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute.

6. Makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.  Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question.

7. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.

8. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

9. Provides that the Speaker may appoint Members to perform the duties of the Chair for the duration of the period from March 29, 2012, through April 16, 2012, as though under clause 8(a) of rule I.


Amendments (click headers to sort)

#Version #Sponsor(s)PartySummaryStatus
11Version 1Clarke (NY)DemocratLate Would express that nothing in this Act shall impede the FCC from providing efficient and effective communication systems for state and local first responders.Made In Order
7Version 1Crowley (NY)DemocratWould require, in the event that the FCC creates or amends a rule relating to baby monitors, the FCC to require the packaging of a new baby monitor to display a warning label so that families are informed that video and sounds captured by an analog baby monitor may be easily viewed or heard by potential intruders outside a consumer’s home. Made In Order
10Version 1Diaz-Balart, Mario (FL)RepublicanLate Would make the FCC's handling of FOIA requests more open and transparent. Made In Order
2Version 1Eshoo (CA)DemocratWould require entities sponsoring political programming to disclose the identity of any donor that has contributed $10,000 or more to such entity in an election reporting cycle.Made In Order
8Version 2Green, Al (TX)DemocratRevised Would clarify that the Act would not impede the FCC’s ability to provide in times of an emergency, for effective and efficient communication systems to alert the public of dangerous weather conditions.Made In Order
3Version 1Owens (NY)DemocratWould express that nothing in this Act shall impede the FCC from implementing rules to ensure broadband access in rural areas. Made In Order
9Version 1Speier (CA)DemocratWould prevent this Act from taking effect until the FCC provides a report on the impact of the changes of this Act on the FCC's mandate to promote competition and innovation. Made In Order
1Version 2Stearns (FL)RepublicanRevised Would modify existing law so that each FCC Commissioner may hire an electrical engineer or computer scientist -- to provide in-depth technical consultation as well as interface with the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) and other Commission technical staff to help inform their decisions.Made In Order
4Version 1Waters (CA)DemocratWould require the Federal Communications Commission to create and implement rules requiring public disclosure of contributions received by any party that submits to the Commission facts, arguments, offers of settlement, or proposals of adjustment (either electronically or in writing), whenever such contributions may constitute a potential conflict of interest. Submitted
5Version 1Waters (CA)DemocratWould strike the portion of Section 3 that would diminish the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) capacity to impose or accept voluntary public interest conditions or commitments from applicants to a media merger.Made In Order
6Version 1Waters (CA)DemocratWould prohibit FCC officials from accepting employment with a regulated entity within 1 year of the official’s vote and/or action in a proceeding in which the employer was a party or applicant. Made In Order