Over 100 legislator support Local Radio Freedom Act


U.S. CongressLRFA seeks to protect local broadcasters by opposing “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” – in short, it is an antidote to measures such as the defeated Performance Rights Act. 105 members of the House and four senators are officially signed on to LFRA.

Introducing sponsors include. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Gene Green (D-TX) on the House side, and John Barrasso (R-WY) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) on the Senate side.

32 members of the House, including Reps from both sides of the aisle, are recent additions to the list of supporters, and two senators doubled the length of that smaller list.

“Local radio stations continue to provide record labels and artists an unparalleled platform to promote music,” said National Association of Broadcasters Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton. “NAB is pleased so many lawmakers appreciate this partnership and stand opposed to any onerous new fees that would threaten the economic future of America’s hometown radio stations.”

From the NAB, here is the list of signatories:

House of Representatives
Rodney Alexander (LA-5)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Dan Benishek (MI-1)
Jo Bonner (AL-1)
Charles Boustany (LA-3)
G.K. Butterfield (NC-1)
Ken Calvert (CA-42)
Shelley Moore Capito (WV-2)
Mike Capuano (MA-7)
John Carney (DE-AL)
Bill Cassidy (LA-6)
Mike Coffman (CO-6)
Tom Cole (OK-4)
Michael Conaway (TX-11)
Joseph Courtney (CT-2)
Ander Crenshaw (FL-4)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Charles Dent (PA-15)
Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)
John Dingell (MI-12)
John Duncan (TN-2)
Renee Ellmers (NC-2)
Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
Michael Fitzpatrick (PA-8)
John Fleming (LA-4)
Bill Flores (TX-17)
Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
Cory Gardner (CO-4)
Phil Gingrey (GA-11)
Paul Gosar (AZ-4)
Kay Granger (TX-12)
Gene Green (TX-29)
Brett Guthrie (KY-2)
Gregg Harper (MS-3)
Vicky Hartzler (MO-4)
Alcee Hastings (FL-23)
Doc Hastings (WA-4)
Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15)
Tim Huelskamp (KS-1)
Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
Bill Johnson (OH-6)
David Joyce (OH-14)
Ron Kind (WI-3)
Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)
John Kline (MN-2)
Doug Lamborn (CO-5)
Leonard Lance (NJ-7)
Robert Latta (OH-5)
Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2)
Dave Loebsack (IA-2)
Billy Long (MO-7)
Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9)
Cynthia Lummis (WY-AL)
Kenny Marchant (TX-24)
Thomas Massie (KY-4)
Jim Matheson (UT-4)
Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4)
Patrick McHenry (NC-10)
Patrick Meehan (PA-7)
Gregory Meeks (NY-5)
Michael Michaud (ME-2)
Jeff Miller (FL-1)
Markwayne Mullin (OK-2)
Randy Neugebauer (TX-19)
Kristi Noem (SD-AL)
Alan Nunnelee (MS-1)
Pete Olson (TX-22)
Bill Owens (NY-21)
Steve Pearce (NM-2)
Tom Petri (WI-6)
Ted Poe (TX-2)
Mike Pompeo (KS-4)
Bill Posey (FL-8)
Charles Rangel (NY-13)
Scott Rigell (VA-2)
Harold Rogers (KY-5)
Mike Rogers (AL-3)
Mike Rogers (MI-8)
Todd Rokita (IN-4)
Peter Roskam (IL-6)
Edward Royce (CA-39)
Jon Runyan (NJ-3)
Tim Ryan (OH-13)
John Sarbanes (MD-3)
Aaron Schock (IL-18)
Allyson Schwartz (PA-13)
David Schweikert (AZ-6)
Pete Sessions (TX-32)
John Shimkus (IL-15)
Mike Simpson (ID-2)
Christopher Smith (NJ-4)
Steve Stivers (OH-15)
Lee Terry (NE-2)
Glenn Thompson (PA-5)
Pat Tiberi (OH-12)
Mike Turner (OH-10)
Peter Visclosky (IN-1)
Ann Wagner (MO-2)
Tim Walberg (MI-7)
Greg Walden (OR-2)
Lynn Westmoreland (GA-3)
Joe Wilson (SC-2)
Rob Wittman (VA-1)
Steve Womack (AR-3)
Don Young (AK-AL)

John Barrasso (R-WY)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
James Inhofe (R-OK)
Pat Roberts (R-KS)