The ABA group with Rep. Kyrsten Sinema
It's been quite a week for the ABA on Capitol Hill! President & CEO Art Brooks was at the NASBA (National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations) meetings Sunday and Monday, meeting with all 51 state association CEO’s sharing ideas and receiving briefings on all current & upcoming issues in Congress and at FCC.
Then the ABA delegation of Chairwoman, Anita Helt (KNXV-TV, Phoenix), Immediate Past Chairman, Michael Mallace (Sierra H Broadcasting, Phoenix), board member Ed Munson (KPHO-TV/KTVK-TV, Phoenix) and board member Rich Howe (KAZT-TV, Prescott/Phoenix) came to DC Monday for the NAB State Leadership Conference. There, the group heard from top Congressional members such as Greg Walden (R-OR) who is going to introduce an appropriations bill to add an addition $1.25 billion to the TV repack budget from spectrum auction funds so stations can be fully reimbursed for the move.
Finally, on Wednesday and Thursday the ABA delegation visited all of the Arizona Congressional delegation in the House and Senate. They met with either the representative and/or critical staff. Issues discussed were the TV spectrum repack and protection of TV translator frequencies in rural and tribal communities and protection from a Radio performance tax.
The ABA group with Rep. Tom O'Halleran