Pro-Radio Congressional Resolution Continues To Gain Support


Less than 24 hours after the Recording Academy revealed that it has gained additional bipartisan support in the House of Representatives for its “Fair Pay Fair Play Act,” the NAB-supported “Local Radio Freedom Act” has attracted two more backers in the lower body of Congress.

Adding their support for the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House are South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan and New Jersey Rep. Donald Norcross.

The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA)—a bipartisan resolution that opposes “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations—now has 187 cosponsors in the House and 22 in the Senate.

By comparison, the “Fair Play Fair Pay Act” has 20 co-sponsors in the House, where it is being pitched for introduction on the House floor.

The “PROMOTE Act” introduced by Rep. Darrel Issa and co-sponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch has no other House support.

Reps. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Gene Green (D-TX) are the principal cosponsors of H. Con. Res. 13 in the House of Representatives. Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced a companion resolution in the Senate (S. Con. Res. 6).

The bill reads, “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 the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station broadcast over the air.”


‘Fair Play’ Legislation Gains Steam In D.C.

As of late May, little was heard on House legislation that would essentially tax any radio station that plays music. Now, 15 politicians — including a rising star in the Democratic party — have signed on as co-sponsors. They see the bill as a way to “reform music licensing for sound recordings in a logical, comprehensive way and close current corporate radio loopholes.”