Dozen House Members and Senators Sign On as Local Radio Freedom Act Cosponsors

Dozen House Members and Senators Sign On as Local Radio Freedom Act Cosponsors

Written by: Michael Mitchell
Published by: Radio Facts

Ten Members of the  and two  have added their cosponsorship to a resolution opposing “any new performance , or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA), which signals Members of Congress’s opposition to any potential legislation that imposes new performance royalties on broadcast radio stations for music airplay, now has 161 cosponsors in the House and 19 in the Senate.

Adding their support recently for the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House are Reps.  (R-LA-5), Alma Adams (D-NC-12), Drew Ferguson (R-GA-3), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-5), Kay Granger (R-TX-12), Bill Huizenga (R-MI-2), Susie Lee (D-NV-3), Kenny Marchant(R-TX-24), Glenn Thompson (R-PA-15) and Filemon Vela (D-TX-34).Adding their support for the companion resolution in the Senate are Sens. Rick Cramer (R-ND) and Deb Fischer (R-NE).

Reps. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14) and Michael Conaway (R-TX-11) are the principal cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House of Representatives (H. Con. Res. 20). Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) are the lead cosponsors of a companion resolution in the Senate (S. Con. Res. 5).

“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 the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station broadcast over the air,” reads the Local Radio Freedom Act.

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