About the bill
Would government support of private media violate the spirit of the First Amendment?
The journalism industry’s 21st century metrics, such as subscriptions and employment, show that this era was hardly proven the industry’s most profitable even before the pandemic hit. But with the addition of the economic crash of 2020, the financial situation is particularly precarious for many publications. Local publications have fared particularly poorly.
What the bill does
The Local Journalism Sustainability Act would create three federal tax credits to encourage local media. The bill defines a local publication as one where the majority of the readership resides within a 200 mile radius.
- A tax credit for a subscription to a local newspaper, worth up to $250 per year.
- A tax credit to encourage local media ...
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Arizona's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.
Last Updated: Jul 16, 2020
Length: 14 pages
What legislators are saying
“McKinley Sponsors Bipartisan Bill to Preserve Local Newspapers”
— Rep. David McKinley [R-WV1] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 5, 2020
Jul 16, 2020
Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.
Jun 16, 2021
Reintroduced Bill — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 3940.
H.R. 7640 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 7640. This is the one from the 116th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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