As noted previously, newly elected Congressman Chris Jacobs, co-sponsored the Local Radio Freedom Act (H. Con. Res 20). With the addition of a few more votes this past week, a majority of the House of Representatives now supports the resolution. We were looking for 218 votes, we now have 226 as we go to press. The following members of the NY delegation supported the bill.
- Jacobs, Chris [R-NY-27]
- Katko, John [R-NY-24]
- Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5]
- Reed, Tom [R-NY-23]
- Stefanik, Elise M. [R-NY-21]
- Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1]
This is an important milestone. It means that those seeking to impose a performance fee on off-air AM and FM broadcasts do not have the votes to pass that legislation. This places the industry in a strong position relative to the music industry, which is seeking to impose these fees through legislation.
Obtaining a majority on the Local Radio Freedom Act serves as a counter weight to the Ask Musicians for Music Act (AM-FM Act) sponsored by Re. Jerry Nadler (D NY). His bill would amend the copyright law and require stations to obtain consent from performers before broadcasting over the air on AM or FM stations. The bill would offer discounts for smaller stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act was also introduced in the Senate and has 27 co-sponsors.
To see a copy of the Local Radio Freedom Act click HERE.
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