Local Radio Freedom Act edges forward


U.S. CongressThe Local Radio Freedom Act, which expresses the sentiment of Congress that any kind of performance royalty should not be imposed on local radio stations, has received additional support in the House of Representatives and heightened support in the Senate.

The language of LRFA – expressing opposition to “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” for the airing of music on local radio, was at one time a response to legislation like the Performance Royalty Act. At this point, with no such legislation active but the promise of hearings on the topic to come, LRFA is more of a preventative measure.

Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) previously signed on to the resolution, but have now upgraded their participation with it to co-sponsor status.

Four added their names to the list of co-sponsors in the House, bringing the total to 109. The quartet includes Reps. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Tom Latham (IA-3), Adrian Smith (NE-3) and Richard Hudson (NC-8).