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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB013 (2008)

ARLB013 Pennsylvania Becomes 27th State with PRB-1 Law on Books

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ARRL Bulletin 13  ARLB013
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  October 9, 2008
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB013 Pennsylvania Becomes 27th State with PRB-1 Law on Books 

On Wednesday, October 8, Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell (D)
signed into law a bill that guarantees radio amateurs the right to
erect antenna support structures up to 65 feet without the need for
a Special Use Permit.

The bill passed in the House with a vote of 196-1; it passed in the
Senate with a vote of 49-1.  The new law is scheduled to go into
effect December 8, 60 days after signing.

Senate Bill 884 (now Act 88), An Act amending Title 53
(Municipalities Generally) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes, Restricting Municipalities from Regulating Amateur Radio
Service Communications, was first introduced on June 1, 2007 by
Pennsylvania Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf (R) who represents
portions of Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

The bill requires local municipalities to "reasonably accommodate
amateur radio service communications, and to impose only the minimum
regulations necessary to accomplish the legitimate purpose of the
municipality" and says that "no ordinance, regulation, plan or any
other action shall restrict amateur radio antenna height to less
than 65 feet above ground level, but a municipality may impose
necessary regulations to ensure the safety of amateur radio antenna
structures, but must reasonably accommodate amateur service