More Than 200 House Members Support Local Radio Freedom Act
February 28, 2014

The National Association of Broadcasters reports that a bipartisan group of eight members of the House of Representatives and one Senator have signed on as co-sponsors of a resolution that opposes "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act is now currently co-sponsored by a coalition of 202 Members of the House and 13 Senators.

The members of the bipartisan group adding their support to the Local Radio Freedom Act are Reps. Bruce Braley (IA-1), Corrine Brown (FL-5), Larry Bucshon (IN-8), Andre Carson (IN-7), John R. Carter (TX-31), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1), Nick Rahall (WV-3) and Jackie Walorski (IN-2). Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) is the latest Senator to sign on as a co-sponsor of a companion resolution in the Senate.

Reps. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Gene Green (D-TX) introduced the Local Radio Freedom Act (H. Con. Res. 16) in the House of Representatives on February 15 along with 71 additional co-sponsors. An identical resolution (S. Con. Res. 6) was introduced in the Senate on March 6 by Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).

"Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station for broadcasting sound recordings over-the-air, or on any business for such public performance of sound recordings," reads the Local Radio Freedom Act.

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Mark Adams
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