Six Members of the House of Representatives and one Senator have added their cosponsorship to a resolution opposing “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations. The Act now has 181 cosponsors in the House and 23 in the Senate.
Adding their support in the House are Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-IN-8), John Curtis (R-UT-3), Dusty Johnson (R-SD-AL), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM-3), Chris Pappas (D-NH-1), and Marc Veasey (D-TX-33). In the Senate, Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) added his name.
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).
The Act states: “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.”