Markey readies intro of ‘V-chip’ House bill

House telecommunications subcommittee chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) will hold a press conference Thursday to announce introduction of a “V-chip” bill that would allow parents to block out violent TV shows.

A Markey aide said House Republicans may co-sponsor the legislation.

The most likely co-sponsors are Reps. Jack Fields (R-Texas) and Mike Oxley (R-Ohio), two members of the subcommittee who have generally been supportive of Markey’s efforts to curb TV violence.

Under the legislation, TV manufacturers would be required to insert a microchip in all new sets in the U.S. allowing parents, at the press of a button , to block out a series of programs that carry a violence warning. Hollywood and the TV networks have vowed to fight the bill.

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