Letter from Michigan ARES Section Leader WB8R:
March 31, 2015
Greetings to the Hams of Michigan:
The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 — H.R.1301 — has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle — seven Republicans and five Democrats.
HR 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners’ association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs).
At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.
H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure.
Once again it is time for us as constituents to write to our Congressperson and request that they support HR 1301 and consider signing on as a co-sponsor on this important piece of legislation.
All of the necessary information is available on the ARRL website here:
http://www.arrl.org/hr-1301. On this webpage you will find everything that you need in order to contact and urge your congressperson tosupport HR 1301 and to sign on as a co-sponsor.
You will find a spot to determine who your Congressperson is and from there you can get the necessary information to complete the sample letter that is provided for you.
Once again, we are asking you to send your letters (snail mail or
email) to the ARRL for hand delivery to House members. This is important as a stack of letters from constituents carry a large impact.
The instructions are there if you choose print your prepared letter, sign it and snail mail to ARRL. If you choose to convert your signed letter toa PDF and email it to ARRL, you can save the cost of postage and envelope. The snail mail and email address for each method is on the website.
One tip for you: review the list of Congresspersons who have already signed on before asking him or her for support. Your letter writing may turn to a thank you letter if your representative has already agreed to become a co- sponsor.
This is the case in the 1st and 7th Michigan Districts as Congressmen Benishek and Walberg are co-sponsors. For those who live in the 1st and 7th district, please take a few minutes to send them your thanks for supporting HR 1301. You can easily thank them by going directly totheir individual websites and emailing your thanks.
Asking for support is important, but it is just as important to thank them for their support if they become co-sponsors.
As you know, Michigan has just become the 31st to pass a PRB-1law, and HR 1301is the next logical step in the process. If we are successful in convincing the FCC to give us parity, then we will go back to the Michigan Legislature to update our PRB-1 law.
I ask that each of you who sends a letter requesting support of HR-1301 to send me a short email advising me that you have sent a letter toyour Congressperson.
By doing so, you will help us to determine our effectiveness and coverage of our grassroots effort here in Michigan.
You can reach me at .
Thank you for doing your part in this important effort. Please pass this information to your local clubs and to your friends and family, hams and non-hams alike.
The Genesee County Amatuer Radio Public Service Corp is taking the lead by requesting support from Michigan’s 5th District Representative Dan Kildee to sponsor the bill. If you would like to be included in the letter please add your name, call sign and the municipality where you reside in the 5th district.
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