Western Ky.'s Whitfield among 9 new sponsors of Local Radio Freedom Act in Congress

Opposes radio royalties
Whitfield joins fellow Kentuckian Guthrie and S. Illinois' Shimkus in supporting resolution against radio royalties

Count Ed Whitfield as one of the members of both political parties in the U.S. House who oppose imposing royalties on local radio stations.

Whitfield, a Republican who represents Western Kentucky's 1st District, joined eight other members of Congress - both Republicans and Democrats - who also attached their names to House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 16 on Thursday. The resolution, which was reintroduced back in February by Texas Republican Rep. K. Michael Conaway, declares that "Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station for broadcasting sound recordings over-the-air, or on any business for such public performance of sound recordings."

Other area representatives earlier signed on in support of the resolution; Kentucky's 2nd District Rep. Brett Guthrie and Illinois' 15th District Rep. John Shimkus - who, like Whitfield, serve parts of the Tri-State - were among its first supporters.

As of today, the resolution has been co-sponsored by 132 representatives. It does not, however, have universal support. Last month, four members of Congress - Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), John Conyers (D-Mich.), Marsha Blackburn (D-Mich.) and Melvin Watt (D-Calif.) - penned a letter urging their fellow members not to back HCR 16.



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