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Radio News (more headlines) 02-05-2017

NAB Statement On Introduction Of Local Radio Freedom Act In House, Senate

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The National Association of Broadcasters expressed strong support for bipartisan resolutions introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) signals Members of Congress's opposition to any potential legislation that would impose new performance royalties on broadcast radio stations for music airplay.

"Local radio enjoys a symbiotic relationship with record labels and recording artists that promotes new music discovery, fosters musicians' careers, and drives music sales," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "America's broadcasters are deeply grateful to the scores of lawmakers who recognize radio's unparalleled role in promoting music. We thank them for standing in opposition to a job-killing performance royalty that would devastate the economics of local radio."

Reps. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Gene Green (D-TX) are the principal cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House of Representatives, which has bipartisan cosponsorship from 115 Members of Congress. Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced a companion resolution in the Senate (S. Con. Res. 6).

"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.

In the 114th Congress, a similiar resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate in February 2015. The House resolution was introduced with 94 cosponsors, and eventually gathered 234 signatures. The Senate resolution garned 27 signatures.

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