WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Senate Commerce Committee today passed bipartisan legislation that would grandfather existing sharing arrangements between local television stations in place before March 31, 2014. The legislation passed the Committee on a recorded vote of 14-10. The following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:
"NAB appreciates the support of the Senate Commerce Committee and Sen. Blunt for advancing this bipartisan legislation that allows local broadcasters, especially in small and midsize markets, to continue operating joint sales agreements that enhance local news, weather and community interest programming. We look forward to working with the legislation's cosponsors, Sens. Blunt, Cardin, Durbin, Johnson, Mikulski, Schumer, Scott and Wicker, and other lawmakers toward successful passage of this important bill."
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