John Lewis Joins In Opposing Performance Fee
April 23, 2009 at 9:09 AM (PT)
House Ways and Means Committee member and civil rights icon Rep. JOHN LEWIS (GA-5) is one of five members of the House of Representatives to throw his support behind a resolution opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local radio stations, the NAB announced TODAY.
LEWIS was joined by Reps. BETSY MARKEY (CO-4), LARRY KISSELL (NC-8), ROSCOE BARTLETT (MD-6) and PETE OLSON (TX-22) in support of The Local Radio Freedom Act, a measure designed to block the RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA's effort to slap a new fee on radio stations playing music. Opposition to the RIAA effort now stands at 178 House members.
"Local radio stations are deeply appreciative of the growing opposition in Congress to the mindless and misguided record label campaign to decimate the music industry's greatest promotional partner -- free and local radio," NAB EVP DENNIS WHARTON said.