According to a report in Radio Ink, Congressmen Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Guss Bilirakis (R-FL) reintroduced the Pirate Act legislation this Congress. The bill increases penalties for anyone caught engaging in unlawful radio broadcasting.
In a statement about the bill, Congressman Tonko stated, “Protecting our public airwaves is critical for preserving community safety, whether for first responders or for working parents who don’t want to expose their children to uncontrolled hate and obscenity. Whether a frequency is being used in emergencies to coordinate community response and save lives or by parents who just want to tune their car radios with their kids in the car, our communities are better served when broadcasting is governed by the rule of law. I am hopeful that my new House colleagues will join in support of the PIRATE Act and we can pass this commonsense legislation without delay.”
The Pirate Act was referred to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.