This week, support for a bill standing against a performance tax on over-the-air radio broadcasters acquired majority support in the U.S. House of Representatives. On Monday, Republican Congressmen John Culbertson (TX) and David McKinley (WV) and Democratic Congressmen William Keating (MA) and Stephen Lynch (MA) added their names as cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act (H.Con.Res.16), bringing total support to 219 votes in the House. 218 votes are necessary for a majority in the chamber.
The bipartisan Local Radio Freedom Act, authored by Rep. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), opposes “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.” NRB opposes a performance tax as an unwarranted burden on many Christian radio broadcasters.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: May 2, 2014