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NYSBA’s Call on Congress Next Week


NYSBA’s annual call on Congress will be held next week (March 4th -6th) in conjunction with the NAB’s State Leadership Conference. We will be bringing 29 members of the Board of Directors and Futures Committee to lobby members of the NY Congressional delegations.  A special thank you to those taking the time to help represent broadcasters in Washington. 


While we are still arranging meetings, we have locked in 21 meetings with the following offices:


  • Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

  • Rep. Elise Stefanik

  • Rep. Marcus J. Molinaro (NY-19)

  • Rep. Ritchie Torres

  • Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez

  • Rep. Grace Meng

  • Rep. Anthony D’Esposito

  • Rep. Mike Lawler

  • Rep. Brandon Williams

  • Rep. Paul Tonko

  • Rep. Nick LaLota

  • Rep. Yvette Clarke

  • Rep. Dan Goldman

  • Rep. Pat Ryan

  • Rep. Claudia Tenney

  • Rep. Andrew Garbarino

  • Rep. Jerry Nadler

  • Rep. Joe Morelle

  • Rep. Nick Langworthy

  • Rep. Adriano Espaillat

  • Rep. Nicole Malliotakis

 

We will be discussing a number of issues that concern broadcasters. Specifically, we will be discussing:


  • AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act (S.1669 & H.R. 3413) – This legislation would prevent automakers from removing AM radios in electric vehicles. With 209 cosponsors in the House and 46 co-sponsors in the Senate, it is time to move this bill. 

 

  • Local Radio Freedom Act - H. Con. Res 13 - With 216 co-sponsors, this congressional resolution demonstrates that there is little support for imposing a performance tax on local radio stations.

 

  • Support Journalism Competition & Preservation Act (JCPA) (S.1094) - Today, local stations do not get fair value when Big Tech uses our news content on their digital platforms.  This legislation would allow broadcasters and newspapers to collectively negotiate with Big Tech for news content.

 

  • Broadcaster’s Concerns with AI - AI can be both a benefit and a burden to local stations. We believe any liability for the misuse of AI should be placed on the creator of the content.  As distributors, broadcasters cannot screen every advertisement or program to see if it contains AI. Also, we must make sure our own content is not misused by others.  

 

We look forward to our discussions with members of the New York Congressional delegation.

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