Local Radio Freedom Act Gaining Support
The NAB says "two more Senators and a bipartisan group of over two dozen additional House members now oppose 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 105 Members of the House and four Senators. There are 435 members in the House and 100 members in the Senate. There is no legislation proposed. This is a pre-emptive move by broadcasters.
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).
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