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H.R. 583: Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act

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What should be the fine for radio stations that operate without an FCC license, even though they usually serve underserved or minority communities?


From the stations that play top-40 hits like Ariana Grande to your local college’s radio channel, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed to grant licenses and approve all U.S. radio stations. However, some people set up their own stations outside the official system, known as “pirate radio.”

These stations usually broadcast things that mainstream radio — whether music or talk radio — won’t. This ...

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Paul Tonko

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 20th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 26, 2019
Length: 6 pages
Jan 16, 2019

Passed House (Senate next) on Feb 25, 2019

This bill passed in the House on February 25, 2019 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 16, 2019

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Feb 25, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

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H.R. 583 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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