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Key Hearings on Satellite TV Extension Slated for Early June

- Performance Tax Opposition Growing

Two key congressional committees have teed up hearings for early June on whether to renew the Satellite TV Act, known as STELAR. With several Texans serving on these panels in the House and Senate, TAB has advanced our arguments for allowing the law to finally expire at the end of 2019 and encouraged Texas TV GMs to do the same during the Memorial Day recess. Similarly, Radio GMs should be pressing their lawmakers to co-sponsor a resolution opposing a Performance Tax on Radio stations.

The Senate Commerce Committee on which Sen. Ted Cruz serves is slated to hear arguments June 5 on whether the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Reauthorization Act should be renewed.

Separately, the House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will take up the matter at a hearing on June 4.  The subcommittee includes three Texans:

  • Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth
  • Rep. Bill Flores, R-Waco
  • Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land

NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith is slated to testify at each hearing. He will underscore the arguments all TV stations should be making to their lawmakers: the narrow provisions of law which are slated to expire at the end of this year are not only outdated and no longer serve their purpose, but also harm local viewers and broadcasters.

Thornberry on Anti-Performance Tax Resolution
Local Radio stations’ continuing fight against a Performance Tax gained a little ground last week when Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Amarillo, renewed his co-sponsorship of HConRes 20, the Local Radio Freedom Act co-authored by another Texan, Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland.

The addition of Thornberry’s name brings to 13 the number of Texas members of Congress officially opposing a Performance Tax.  TAB is working to secure the support of additional Texas lawmakers during the summer as the industry nationwide strives to reach a majority of 218 co-sponsors.  We have 46 to go with 172 declared co-sponsors to date.

2019 Congressional Agenda Talking Points and Background Information

Questions? Contact TAB’s Oscar Rodriguez or call (512) 322-9944.


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