Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Progress on Amateur Radio Parity Act

The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing in January on HR 1301, the bill that would hold homeowners associations to the same standard of "reasonable accommodation" of amateur radio antennas that currently applies to state and municipal governments. 

According to the ARRL Letter, both subcommittee chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), W7EQI, and bill sponsor Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) testified in favor of the bill. The report did not indicate whether there was any testimony in opposition, or whether any action was taken on the bill at the conclusion of the hearing.
In related news, the ARRL Board of Directors in January approved creating an ad hoc Legislative Advisory Committee to coordinate strategies for securing passage of the Amateur Radio Parity Act, oversee lobbying efforts on behalf of the bill and make recommendations regarding future legislative goals and strategies.