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Latta Applauds Introduction of the Local Radio Freedom Act

Washington, February 25, 2019 | Drew Griffin ((202) 225-6405)

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has cosponsored a resolution, H.Con.Res. 20, the Local Radio Freedom Act, to oppose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act was introduced last week by U.S. Representatives Kathy Castor (D-FL) and Michael Conaway (R-TX) and has broad bipartisan support with 118 cosponsors.

“Local radio stations are an integral part of our communities,” said Latta. “They provide news, weather, emergency alerts, and other important information. Any imposition of a ‘performance tax’ could drastically harm these stations and threaten their future. The Local Radio Freedom Act recognizes these potential damaging effects and demonstrates the broad bipartisan support for local radio stations and their listeners across our country.” 

The Ohio Association of Broadcasters expressed their support for the resolution as well.

“The Ohio Association of Broadcasters is pleased that Congressman Latta is an original cosponsor of this year’s Local Radio Freedom Act resolution,” said Christine H. Merritt, President of the Ohio Association of Broadcasters. “Local radio stations across Ohio serve their communities with music, entertainment, news, and emergency information. The free airplay and promotion provided by these stations has propelled the careers of countless successful musicians. A new government-mandated fee would threaten the very viability of local radio stations. We appreciate Congressman Latta’s continued strong support of local radio stations.”

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