The Constitution & Justice Committee of the lower house passed Wednesday, August 13, a bill presented by Deputy Jandira Feghali (PC do B, Rio de Janeiro) setting percentage proportions of regional programming for radio and TV. The bill (Projeto de Lei 256/91), which implements article 221 of the Constitution, now goes to the Senate.
Dep. Feghali expects easy passage in the upper house. ?The Senate usually abides by agreements reached in the lower house,? she says. ?In addition, there are senators who are already working on the issue. The bill should be passed quickly and without amendments there. I?m very happy with the prospect of giving Brazil a law to regionalize programming this year.?
Deps. João Paulo Gomes da Silva (PL, Minas Gerais), André Zacharow (PDT, Paraná), Bosco Costa (PSDB, Sergipe) and Inaldo Leitão (PL, Paraíba) voted against the bill. For Dep. Gomes da Silva, it will create ?cultural apartheid?, preventing national integration in this sphere. An agreement had been in place to pass the bill since the end of 2002 but broadcasters lobbied hard throughout the first half of this year in an attempt to obstruct the initiative.