This page contains bills sponsored by incumbent Senators who are running for re-election in 2008, plus House incumbents running for Senate in 2008.
Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on. These bills are selected as the "signature issue" that each legislator focused on.
Signature Legislation: bill that TV shows should have explicit viewer advisories
Declares that each of the four major television broadcast networks and their affiliates, independent television stations, the Public Broadcasting System, and cable programmers and operators should:
not telecast programming containing dramatized violence;
superimpose explicit viewer advisories throughout programming containing dramatized or documentary violence;
provide explicit audio and on-screen viewer advisories immediately prior to transmittal of such programming;
not transmit programming promotions or advertisements that contain violence;
develop a standard scheme for classifying programming on the basis of the amount and type of dramatized violence it contains; and
educate and inform viewers about the harmful effects of exposure to television violence.
Participating counts on VoteMatch question 4.
Question 4: Teacher-led prayer in public schools
Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
Topic: Families & Children
Headline: TV shows should have explicit viewer advisories
Headline 2: TV shows should have explicit viewer advisories