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STELAR Bill Markup Extends to Wednesday

The House Energy & Commerce Committee Tuesday (Nov. 19) did not get to mark up the Satellite Television Viewers Protection Act (STVPA), which renews the STELAR law for another five years.  

Rep. Pallone

Rep. Pallone

It was scheduled for debate and a vote at a 10 a.m. hearing, but the combination of an 18-bill agenda, interruptions for votes, and extended debate and amendments on bills dealing with vaping and asbestos and pipelines pushed the meeting to almost nine hours, with no broadband-related bills or STELAR making it into that window. 

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), chairman of the E&C Committee, recessed the hearing until Wednesday--so, technically, it has still not ended--saying the committee would reconvene 30 minutes after the adjournment of a Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change hearing, which is scheduled for 10 a.m.

Still to be considered, in addition to STVPA, are bills on broadband mapping, spectrum, 5G, and network security.