ARRL Legislative Action Program

ARRL Legislative Objectives

ARRL Legislative objectives for the current U.S. Congress

The ability of the Amateur Radio Service to maintain and expand its benefits to the public rests on two key elements of public policy: adequate access to the radio spectrum and the ability to install and operate effective Amateur Radio stations.

To implement these two key elements of public policy in the 113th Congress, the following legislative positions were developed and approved by the ARRL Board  to guide the efforts of ARRL volunteers and staff during the 113th Congress of the United States (2013-2014).

  • To seek legislation instructing the FCC to extend the requirement for “reasonable accommodation” of Amateur Radio station antennas -- a requirement that now applies to state and local regulations -- to all forms of land use regulation.
  • To oppose legislation that would lead to the reallocation of amateur spectrum or to sharing arrangements that reduce the utility of existing allocations.
  • To oppose legislation that diminishes the rights of federal licensees in favor of unlicensed emitters or encourages the deployment of spectrum-polluting technologies.
  • To seek recognition of the unique resources, capabilities and expertise of the Amateur Radio Service in any legislation that addresses communications issues that are related to emergencies, disasters or homeland security.
  • To support the complementary legislative objectives of other radiocommunication services -- particularly the public safety and scientific services -- that require spectrum access and protection from interference for non-commercial purposes that benefit the public.
  • To oppose “distracted driving” legislation that does not clearly exempt two-way mobile radio transmitters or receivers used by FCC-licensed radio amateurs.
  • To support legislation authorizing FCC Commissioners to appoint an electrical engineer or computer scientist as an additional member of their staffs to ensure that Commissioners have adequate access to technical expertise when making decisions