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Amateur Radio Parity Act Receives Favorable House Energy and Commerce Committee Report

07/13/2016

An amended version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, received a unanimous favorable report on July 13 from members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill now will go to the full House for consideration. Before reporting the bill out of committee, the panel first voted to accept the amended language “in the nature of a substitute.” Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, said the substitute bill represented “a good balance” following months of meetings, hard work, and compromise, and he recommended the measure to his colleagues.

“The amendment guarantees that even in deed-restricted communities, Amateur Radio operators are able to use an effective outdoor antenna,” Walden said. “Without an effective antenna Amateur Radio operators are severely limited, so this amendment ensures that amateurs are free to pursue their passion wherever they live.”

At the same time, he continued, the measure protects the rights of those “who have chosen to live in deed-restricted communities and to set their own aesthetic and other rules.”

Amateur Radio Parity Act Draws Support in Opening Statements

July 12, 2016

A Capitol Hill lockdown delayed the start of the Energy and Commerce Committee markup session on July 12. Police had ordered the lockdown while investigating a suspicious item found in an employee’s backpack earlier in the day. Once the session did get under way about 40 minutes late, Committee Chairman Rep Fred Upton (R-MI) spoke briefly in support of H.R. 1301 and an “Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H.R. 1301.” In June, the ARRL and the Community Associations Institute (CAI) — the national association of homeowners associations (HOAs) — announced that they had reached consensus on the bill’s provisions.

“Just as the law recognizes that access to broadcast satellite communications are an important part of our national information infrastructure, so too should we recognize the role of Amateur Radio,” Upton said at the session, orally reprising the opening statement he’d prepared for the June 22 markup that was postponed. “This is especially important as Amateur Radio operators can serve a crucial role in providing communications in the wake of natural disasters and other times when commercial communications networks might be unavailable.”

Upton said the substitute bill language reached by the ARRL and CAI represented “a good-faith compromise between the two parties most impacted by this bill: Amateurs and community associations.” Upton is not an H.R. 1301 cosponsor.

While many of the committee’s members skipped the hearing, perhaps as a result of the Capitol Hill lockdown, two members also mentioned H.R. 1301 favorably in their opening statements. Rep Frank Pallone (D-NJ) said he also supported the substitute language for the measure. “Amateur Radio provides essential services in times of emergency,” Pallone said. “I support the bipartisan amendment in the nature of a substitute negotiate by Chairman [Greg] Walden, [W7EQI], and ranking member [Rep Anna] Eshoo. It addresses issues raised by stakeholders, while providing Amateur Radio services better access to build facilities.”

Rep Eshoo (D-CA) said she was pleased that agreement was reached on the Parity Act bill, which, she said, “would make it easier for Amateur Radio operators to install the antennas they need…while also providing homeowners associations flexibility to establish reasonable rules regarding the size and the appearance of these antennas.” She said the substitute language represented “a bipartisan compromise.”

Neither Eshoo nor Pallone are among the 126 cosponsors of H.R. 1301.

The Energy and Commerce Committee will reconvene on July 13 at 4:30 PM to consider the bills before it in detail.

Committee Action on Amateur Radio Parity Act

House Energy and Commerce Committee Action on Amateur Radio Parity Act Reset for July 12

07/11/2016

The full House Energy and Commerce Committee markup of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) and four other bills has been rescheduled for July 12. Originally set for June 23, the session was postponed after the committee, with most members absent, convened on June 22 for about 10 minutes to hear opening statements. If necessary, the markup session will continue into the next day.

The panel, chaired by Rep Fred Upton (R-MI), will consider H.R. 1301 and an “Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H.R. 1301,” when it meets this week. In June, the ARRL and the Community Associations Institute (CAI) — the national association of homeowners associations (HOAs) announced that they had reached consensus on the bill’s provisions. Rep Upton called H.R. 1301 “legislation to protect the rights of Amateur Radio operators,” in a statement he released on June 22.

 

See full article at:  http://www.arrl.org/news/view/house-energy-and-commerce-committee-action-on-amateur-radio-parity-act-reset-for-july-12

 

 

 

Bloomington Amateur Radio Club - Bicentennial Station

Below is an email from Jimmy Merry, President Bloomington Amateur Radio Club. 

The IN Bicentennial [Special Event Station] for Bloomington the week of July 25-30 has been cancelled due to safety concerns by the Monroe County Fair Board and lack of willingness to work with the club.

[They] will operate as planned on Sept 16 - Education Day at the Monroe County Fall Festival most of the day.  It kicks off about 930 AM.  We may go until 8PM.

[Shows edits made]

 

 

 

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