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ARLB002 Amateur Radio Parity Act HR 1301 to Get House Subcommittee
Airing

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ARRL Bulletin 2  ARLB002
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  January 12, 2016
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB002 Amateur Radio Parity Act HR 1301 to Get House Subcommittee
Airing

HR 1301, the US House version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act, will
be among four communications-related measures set for a legislative
hearing on January 12 before the House Subcommittee on
Communications and Technology. Chairing the panel is US Rep Greg
Walden, W7EQI, an Oregon Republican.

"This New Year we resolve to continue working to protect America's
consumers and small businesses," Walden is quoted in a Subcommittee
news release. "These bills collectively seek to protect folks from
the inappropriate applications of law and misuse of 21st century
technology."

Sponsored by US Rep Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, HR 1301
would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable
accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land-use
restrictions, such as deed covenants, conditions, and restrictions.
The bill has attracted 116 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle.

While no one from the ARRL is scheduled to testify in support of the
measure, ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, and ARRL
General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, are expected to be on hand for
the session. The League directly contacted ARRL members in the
districts represented on the subcommittee, asking them to contact
their members of Congress and urge their support of the bill.

The US Senate version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act, S. 1685,
cleared the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and
Transportation last November. It has 3 cosponsors.

There is more information about the bills on the ARRL Amateur Radio
Parity Act web page, located at,
http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act .
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