Six Members Of Congress Add Support For Local Radio Freedom Act
March 10, 2014

The NAB reports a bipartisan group of four members of the House of Representatives and two Senators 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 14 Senators.

The members of the bipartisan group adding their support to the Local Radio Freedom Act are Reps. Bradley Byrne (AL-1), William Enyart (IL-12), Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), and Kurt Schrader (OR-5). Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Richard Burr (R-NC) are the latest Senators 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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