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Radio News (more headlines) 10-27-2013

Six Members Of Congress Add Support For Local Radio Freedom Act

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Six Members of the House of Representatives have added their names 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 177 Members of the House and 12 Senators.

The members of the bipartisan group adding their support to the Local Radio Freedom Act are Reps. Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-1), Virginia Foxx (NC-5), Ralph Hall (TX-4), David Scott (GA-13), Fred Upton (MI-6), and Randy Weber (TX-14).

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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