House measure opposing new fees on local radio is reintroduced

02/18/2013 | Radio Ink · Radio Business Report

The Local Radio Freedom Act, a House resolution that opposes all new fees, taxes or royalties on local broadcast outlets, has been reintroduced by Reps. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and Gene Green, D-Texas, with the backing of 71 other lawmakers. "Communities rely on their local radio stations for news, weather alerts, and other emergency broadcasts, and the suggested performance tax could jeopardize the future of many of these struggling stations," Conaway said. NAB endorsed the resolution, saying broadcasters salute "lawmakers for recognizing that a new performance fee on broadcasters threatens the financial base that sustains America's hometown radio stations."

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