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ARRL President Urges “Blast of Support” for Senate Version of Amateur Radio Parity Act

11/11/2015

ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has issued an urgent call for League Members to contact Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation members representing their states to urge their support of S. 1685, the US Senate version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015. President Craigie said the bill could be scheduled for mark-up in the committee as early as next week, and that opponents to S. 1685 have been rallying their supporters. She said the ARRL and its legislative consultants on Capitol Hill “are hard at work” to ensure that the mark-up goes favorably. President Craigie called for “a blast of support for the bill” from ARRL members living in states that committee members represent.

“We learned this morning that opponents of the legislation have asked their people to contact Senators on the committee to communicate what can only be called bald-faced lies about the legislation’s intent and effects,” President Craigie said on November 11. “They are the same lies addressed in our video.”

The ARRL also has written the committee to reiterate the reasons the legislation is needed and to contradict negative misinformation about its effects.

President Craigie said the message — by telephone or e-mail — is simple: “I’m a constituent and an Amateur Radio operator. I urge Senator __________ to support S. 1685, the Amateur Radio Parity Act, when it comes up for a vote in committee. Thank you.” Visit Contacting Your Congressional Representatives on the ARRL website for contact information for Members of Congress.

 

“Whether ARRL members use e-mail or telephone, the essential thing is to do it now and to urge other hams in their states to do it now,” President Craigie said.

S. 1685 and its US House twin, H.R. 1301, call on the FCC to extend the limited federal pre-emption of PRB-1 to cover private land-use restrictions such as deed covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs). If the legislation becomes law, radio amateurs living in antenna-restricted communities would have the opportunity to negotiate with homeowners associations to install antennas that reasonably accommodate Amateur Radio communication.

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Members, by State

Alaska

 

Sullivan

 

 

202-224-3004

 

Colorado

 

Gardner

 

 

202-224-5941

 

Connecticut

 

Blumenthal

 

Cosponsor

 

202-224-2823

 

Florida

 

Rubio

 

 

202-224-3041

 

Florida

 

Nelson

 

 

202-224-5274

 

Hawaii

 

Schatz

 

 

202-224-3934

 

Kansas

 

Moran

 

 

202-224-6521

 

Massachusetts

 

Markey

 

 

202-224-2742

 

Michigan

 

Peters

 

 

202-224-6221

 

Minnesota

 

Klobuchar

 

 

202-224-3244

 

Missouri

 

Blunt

 

 

202-224-5721

 

Missouri

 

McCaskill

 

 

202-224-6154

 

Mississippi

 

Wicker

 

Sponsor

 

202-224-6253

 

Montana

 

Daines

 

 

202-224-2651

 

Nebraska

 

Fischer

 

 

202-224-6551

 

New Hampshire

 

Ayotte

 

 

202-224-3324

 

New Jersey

 

Booker

 

 

202-224-3224

 

New Mexico

 

Udall

 

 

202-224-6621

 

Nevada

 

Heller

 

 

202-224-6244

 

South Dakota

 

Thune

 

Chair

 

202-224-2321

 

Texas

 

Cruz

 

 

202-224-5922

 

Washington

 

Cantwell

 

 

202-224-3441

 

Wisconsin

 

Johnson

 

 

202-224-5323

 

West Virginia

 

Manchin

 

202-224-3954

 



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