Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and at least 16 national organizations will kick off a task force and nationwide petition drive calling for limits on TV violence at a press conference here Monday.

Conrad said here Thursday that TV exex have “a narrow window of opportunity” to self-regulate the industry.

Otherwise, he said, Congress will develop its own solutions to the problem.

Conrad said the task force and petition drive are designed to influence TV exex and programmers skedded to attend a “TV violence summit” Aug. 2. The summit had been arranged after prodding by Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.), who sponsored legislation in 1990 that gave the TV networks a three-year exemption from antitrust laws to meet and develop anti-violence standards.

The orgs that plan to attend the Monday press confab include the National PTA , the American Medical Assn., the National Sheriffs Assn., the National Coalition on TV Violence, the National Foundation to Improve Television, Americans for Responsible Television, and the National Council for Children’s TV.

Also expected: the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Council of Churches, the American Psychiatric Assn., the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, the American Nurses Assn., the Alliance Against Violence in Entertainment for Children, the National Assn. of Elementary School Principals and the National Assn. of Social Workers.