Congressman Paul Tonko introduced the PIRATE Act H.R. 583, last week We are working closely with his office and hope we can get it passed early in the session. It is a bipartisan bill and the House leadership is looking for bipartisan legislation. Last year, the bill passed the House of Representatives unanimously and obtained 99 out of 100 votes in the Senate. Senator Rand Paul derailed the bill at the last minute, because of concerns about giving the FCC too much authority over property owners aiding pirate stations. We are working to avoid that outcome this year. We released the following statement supporting the legislation:
“The New York State Broadcasters Association applauds Congressman Paul Tonko and Congressman Gus Bilirakis for introducing the bipartisan PIRATE Act,” said David Donovan, President, New York State Broadcasters Association. “Today, illegal radio stations interfere with this nation’s Emergency Alert Service, cause interference with air to ground communication systems at airports, ignore all FCC rules and disregard all federal and state consumer protection laws. The PIRATE Act will give the FCC additional tool to address this harmful and dangerous situation.”
We are in the process of obtaining co-sponsors to support this legislation.
To see a copy of Congressman Tonko’s statement click HERE.
To see a text of the Legislation click HERE.
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