Big Win For Radio Against Performance Tax

Majority of House of Reps Now Sponsoring a Resolution Opposing Performance Royalty for Radio!

Thanks to heavy lobbying by the NAB, State Broadcast Association Executives and Broadcast Radio Stations, last week we reached a very important milestone! A bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives now supports the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA). This resolution, which opposes any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge on local broadcast radio stations, now has 223 cosponsors in the House and 27 in the Senate (we needed 218 to have the House majority). It signals Members of Congress’s opposition to any potential legislation that imposes new performance royalties on broadcast radio stations for music airplay.

VT Rep. Peter Welch has not signed on as a co-sponsor to the House resolution (H. Con. Res. 20) nor have Senators Leahy or Sanders signed onto the companion resolution in the Senate (S. Con. Res. 5).