Attorney Charlie Perkins notes that the HAM Radio Bill, which may impact community associations’ ability to regulate antennae construction has been elevated to the Senate. The CAI blog post on the subject is below.
On Jan. 13, 2017, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) reintroduced the HAM Radio bill that failed to make it out of the Senate at the end of the 114th Congress. Cited as the Amateur Radio Parity Act, the Act was considered in 2015-2016 under H.R. 1301. That bill passed the House with compromise language CAI members advocated for in order to protect the best interest of community associations. The Act was reintroduced with the compromise language and will receive consideration as H.R. 555 in the 115th Congress.
Representative Greg Walden (R-Oregon), a HAM radio operator and Chairman of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee where H.R. 555 was introduced. H.R. 555 was ushered to the House Floor on the suspension calendar earlier this week. The suspension calendar is for bills deemed non-controversial and where a congressperson moves to have the normal rules related parliamentary procedure suspended. Debate is limited to 40 minutes and two-thirds of the members present and voting must vote in the affirmative for the rules to be suspended and agree to the measure. Continue reading on CAI's Governmnet Affairs Blog at https://www.caionline.org/Advocacy/GovernmentAffairsBlog/Pages/default.aspx