Congress may be on recess until after Labor Day, but House telecommunications subcommittee chairman Edward Markey (D-Mass.) is showing no signs of slacking off his crusade against TV violence.
Markey is planning yet another in a series of hearings on TV violence the week of Sept. 13.
The sesh, which will focus on the effect of TV violence on minorities, was requested by Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.). Towns is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee and the Congressional Black Caucus.
Markey has offered legislation requiring insertion of a microchip in all new TV sets, technology that would enable parents to block out TV shows encoded with a violence advisory.
The legislation has garnered strong support in Markey’s subcommittee and has gained a key endorsement from influential House Energy & Commerce Committee chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.).