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ARRL Bulletin 33Â ARLB033
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CTÂ November 19, 2015
To all radio amateurs
The Amateur Radio Parity Act S. 1685 has been endorsed by the USÂ Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In theÂ voice vote on November 18, two Senators – Bill Nelson (D-FL) andÂ Brian Schatz (D-HI) – asked to be recorded as voting “no.” TheÂ Committee held an executive session to consider the variousÂ legislative measures and nominations.
“Our work is not finished on the Senate side of Capitol Hill,Â although this is a huge step forward,” said ARRL President KayÂ Craigie, N3KN.Â She urged ARRL members to continue to write, callÂ and e-mail their Senators about S. 1685 to build up its support forÂ the future. “We know that members’ response to the call for aÂ communications blast last week made all the difference for someÂ Senators on the committee.
S.1685 picked up another Senate cosponsor on November 18, when SenÂ Jerry Moran (R-KS), who sits on the Commerce Committee, has signedÂ aboard the bill. “ARRL members in Kansas should contact his officeÂ to say thanks,” President Craigie said. “Having an additionalÂ cosponsor who’s on the Committee is especially good news.”
On hand to observe the Committee mark-up session were ARRL HudsonÂ Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ,Â and ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD.Â President Craigie encouraged ARRL members in Florida and Hawaii toÂ keep contacting Senators Schatz and Nelson, urging them to changeÂ their minds about the legislation. “Don’t be harsh or angry,” sheÂ advised. “Keep it factual and courteous, and don’t give up.”
On November 5, US Sen Al Franken (D-MN) signed on as the secondÂ cosponsor of S. 1685. That legislation and its US House twin, H.R.Â 1301, call on the FCC to extend the limited federal pre-emption ofÂ PRB-1 to cover private land-use restrictions such as deed covenants,Â conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs). If the legislation becomesÂ law, radio amateurs living in antenna-restricted communities wouldÂ have the opportunity to negotiate with homeowners Â associations toÂ install an antenna that reasonably accommodates Amateur RadioÂ communication.
H.R. 1301 has 114 cosponsors as of November 18. President CraigieÂ said ARRL members should continue to urge their Representatives toÂ cosponsor H.R. 1301 and to thank those who already have signed on.
The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 page on the ARRL website hasÂ more information on how you can become involved.Â The Amateur RadioÂ Parity Act of 2015 can be found on the web at,Â http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act .