Local Radio Freedom Act Reintroduced In Congress
U.S. Representatives Michael Conaway (R-Texas) and Gene Green (D-Texas) today reintroduced the Local Radio Freedom Act (H. Con. Res. 16), which would oppose any new fees, taxes, or royalties for music played on local radio stations. The resolution has 71 additional original cosponsors.
Conaway said, “Communities rely on their local radio stations for news, weather alerts, and other emergency broadcasts, and the suggested performance tax could jeopardize the future of many of these struggling stations. I’m pleased so many of my House colleagues have joined with me in supporting local radio stations and listeners while pushing back against punitive fees.”
A press release from Conaway's office said, "The recording industry has lobbied for a new 'performance tax,' which would require local radio stations to pay a fee for each song they play on air. Local radio already provides free advertising and promotion for the recording industry, and these fees could put the future of these stations in jeopardy. Local radio provides valuable community services – emergency alerts, local news and weather, community programming, and AMBER alerts – and our towns can’t afford to lose these stations."
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