LRFA Nears 200 Signatures


U.S. CongressWith the battle over a performance royalty for radio heating up in Washington, support for the Local Radio Freedom Act, which opposes such a measure, is ramping up.

In all, 199 legislators have signed up as co-sponsors of the measure.

The message they are supporting is this: “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 such public performance of sound recordings.”

Joe Manchin (D-WV) is the latest member of the Senate to come aboard. He brings the total number of senators behind the measure to 16.

New sign-ups in the House bring the total number of co-sponsors there to 183, just 35 shy of a bullet-proof majority of the 435-member body.

The new co-sponsors include:
Buddy Carter (GA-1)
Scott Garrett (NJ-5)
Brett Guthrie (KY-2)
Jeff Miller (FL-1)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)
Bill Shuster (PA-9)