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July 25, 2013
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Upcoming Vote on The Violent Content Research Act of 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to an expected markup next week by the Senate Commerce Committee on "The Violent Content Research Act of 2013," the following statement may be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

"Given the conflicting scientific data, NAB supports Chairman Rockefeller's bill requiring more research to determine whether a link exists between violent content and real-life violence. Broadcasters support community decency standards attendant to our broadcast licenses. In response to horrific acts of violence, NAB has worked with the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services and a bipartisan group of lawmakers to produce public service announcements focused on youth mental health issues. We have done so in hopes that greater civility can be restored to society and that incidences of societal violence can be reduced."

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