New York State Legislative Issues for Television & Radio Broadcast
State Legislative Issues
Freedom to Contract with Key Employees
Current NY Labor Law, Sec. 202(k), singles out radio and television broadcasters for discriminatory treatment concerning certain employment agreements. This policy undermines a local stations ability to attract top-quality employees and serve the public interest. We support legislative efforts (A. 8236 and S. 6277) that make minor adjustments to the existing law and allow stations and key employees to negotiate freely. LEARN MORE
Restrictions on E-911 Broadcasts
The legislation (A. 3489) would prohibit broadcasting E-911 calls. Stations would be allowed to read a transcript, but not broadcast the actual call. Broadcasting E-911 calls helps the public understand the urgency of the call to the public. This cannot be communicated by merely reading a transcript. Broadcasting these calls serves an important oversight function as it allows the public to evaluate whether there was a proper response to the call.