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Majority of House Cosponsors Local Radio Freedom Act

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Washington, December 13, 2017 | comments

Washington– A majority of the House of Representatives has now signaled their support for the Local Radio Freedom Act by cosponsoring this bill, led by Congressmen Mike Conaway (TX-11) and Gene Green (TX-29). This legislation, which opposes any new taxes or fees for music played on local radio stations, now has 219 cosponsors.

“Local radio stations provide an invaluable service for communities, keeping citizens apprised of news, weather updates, and other emergency alerts. In the case of natural disasters, such as the recent hurricanes and wildfires, the local radio emergency alert system provides vital, life-saving information to those who might be in harm’s way. Any new taxes or fees, such as a proposed ‘performance tax,’ could place an undue burden on small, locally owned radio stations and jeopardize these essential services. I’m glad to see the majority of my colleagues stand up on behalf of these stations and their listeners,” said Rep. Conaway.

“I am proud to stand with Rep. Conaway and our local radio stations in Texas and around the country to announce that a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives are sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act,” said Rep. Green. “The recent series of hurricanes that devastated parts of Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, including our district in Houston and Harris County, showed the importance of free, over-the-air local radio that provides critical, potentially life-saving information and around-the-clock coverage during times of emergency. Our bipartisan resolution calls for Congress to continue the nearly century-old policy of not imposing performance fees on local radio stations to the benefit of American consumers.”

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