Nearly half of all Members of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives now publicly support the Local Radio Freedom Act (H.Con.Res.16), which 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.” This bipartisan bill, sponsored by Rep. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), recently added nine cosponsors, bringing total support to 215 votes in the House. 218 votes are necessary for a majority in the chamber.
NRB opposes a performance tax as an unwarranted burden on many Christian radio broadcasters.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: April 11, 2014