June 29, 2023
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined over a dozen other states in urging Congress to pass legislation to keep AM radios in new vehicles.
In a statement, Jackley said, “AM radio is important in rural states like South Dakota where AM stations may be the only reception available. AM radio is routinely where people turn for severe weather updates and emergency information along with local news and sports.”
The attorneys general wrote a letter to the Electric Drive Transportation Association and the Zero Emission Transportation Association, stating, “The decision to eliminate AM radios is even more problematic in light of the Biden Administration’s goal of ‘having 50 percent of all new vehicle sales be electric by 2030.’”
The group argues that removing AM radio from electric cars would hurt the radio industry.
According to Jackley’s office, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have introduced separate “AM For Every Vehicle” legislation.