NYSBA March Meetings with NY Congressional Delegation

As we announced previously, we are setting up zoom meetings with members of the NY Congressional Delegation.  We are focusing on the following issues.

Cannabis Advertising – Stations should be allowed to accept these ads consistent with New York State Law.  Talking points can be found HERE.

Performance Fees.  We oppose the imposition of new performance fees on over the air radio broadcasts.  (Stations already pay performance fees for streaming).  We support the Local Radio Freedom Act (H. Con. Res. 33) – click HERE.  We oppose the so-called American Music Fairness Act (H.R. 4130) that would impose a performance fee on over their air broadcasts – click HERE.

Local Journalism Sustainability Act (S.2434) – This legislation would provide stations with tax credits for those employees that provide news and information to local communities – click HERE.

Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (S.673/H.R. 1735) Today, Big Tech is able to use broadcast content to build their platforms without providing fair payment.  This legislation would allow broadcasters and newspapers to bargain collectively with Big Tech in order to obtain a fair price for content that is used on their platforms – click HERE.

Expanding Broadcast Ownership Opportunities Act (H.R. 4871):  Minority ownership in broadcasting remains extremely low.  This legislation will reinstate the FCC “tax certificate” policy, which allows the seller of a broadcast station to obtain a tax benefit for selling the station to a minority owner – click HERE.

Last week, the Board of Directors has terrific meetings with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Kristin Gillibrand.  Meetings are still being set up, but so far we will meet with the following offices.

  • Rep. Chris Jacobs
  • Rep. Elise Stefanik
  • Rep. Adriano Espaillat
  • Rep. Claudia Tenney
  • Rep. Andrew Garbarino
  • Rep. Jerry Nadler
  • Rep. Yvette Clarke
  • Rep. Nydia Velazquez
  • Rep. Mondaire Jones
  • Rep. John Katko
  • Rep. Tom Reed
  • Rep. Grace Meng
  • Rep. Tom Suozzi
  • Rep. Brian Higgins
  • Rep. Paul Tonko
  • Rep. Rep Gregory Meeks
  • Rep. Antonio Delgado
  • Rep. Ritchie Torres
  • Rep. Joe Morelle

If you have any question, contact David Donovan at ddonovan@nysbroadcasters.org

 

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