The AM Radio in Every Vehicle bill (HR 3413) is gaining support in the House of Representatives. The legislation requires automakers to include AM radio as part of an auto’s standard equipment.
The bipartisan legislation was introduced on May 17 by Rep. Josh Gottheimer, (D-NJ-5); Rep, Thomas Kean (R. NJ-7); Rep. Robert Menendez (D. NJ 8); Rep Bruce Westerman (R. AR-4) and Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D WA 3). As we go to press, the legislation has obtained 36 co-sponsors.
We are pleased to report that several New York members of Congress have already signed on to the legislation. Rep. Claudia Tenney (R. NY 24), Rep Nicole Maliotakis (R. NY 11); and Rep. Nicholas Langworthy (R. NY 23) have already signed on as co-sponsors.
Importantly this legislation will be reviewed by three Congressional Committees: House Energy and Commerce Committee, House Transportation and Infrastructure, and the House Homeland Security Committee. The bill has a long way to go. The House Energy and Commerce Committee has already scheduled a Hearing on the Issue for early June.
If your station is in Rep. Tenney’s, Rep Langworth’s, or Rep. Maliotakis’ district, you should send them a quick note thanking them for their support. We urge all stations to reach out to their local members of Congress to support this legislation. NAB has prepared a tool kit with PSAs to support keeping AM radio in automobiles. NYSBA has already contacted the entire NY delegation and will go to DC to lobby on the issue.
You can access NAB’s tool kit on AM Radio here.
You can access the Every Vehicle bill (H.R. 3413) here.