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Bill to aid public broadcasters in emergencies advances

A bipartisan bill that would make public broadcasters eligible for federal assistance when damaged by storms and other natural disasters was passed the Senate homeland security and government affairs committee Wednesday.

“As we experienced during Hurricane Sandy, it is absolutely critical that we enable entities with broad communications reach to relay real-time information to the public. New Jerseyans and Americans who have endured severe weather disasters know all too well that access to emergency information can be a matter of life or death. Today, we made significant progress with the passage of this legislation out of Committee and I look forward to its passage by the full senate,” said Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

Booker and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) introduced the Emergency Information Improvement Act in April.