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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB067 (2002)

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ARLB067 New cosponsors for CC&R bill continue to sign up

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ARRL Bulletin 67  ARLB067
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  October 29, 2002
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB067 New cosponsors for CC&R bill continue to sign up

Despite the fact that action on the CC&R bill, HR 4720, is highly
unlikely as the current session of Congress winds down, additional
cosponsors continue to register their support for the measure. The
latest--representatives Todd Platts (R-PA), Larry Combest (R-TX),
Duke Cunningham (R-CA), and Mary Bono (R-CA)--raise the total
cosponsor count to 34.

The recent spurt in cosponsors may have resulted from an
eleventh-hour initiative in late September, when the bill's sponsor,
Rep Steve Israel (D-NY), and the only two amateurs in the US House
of Representatives--Mike Ross, WD5DVR (D-AR) and Greg Walden, WB7OCE
(R-OR)--appealed in a letter to colleagues who had not already done
so to agree to cosponsor the measure.

HR 4720 is aimed at providing relief to amateurs faced with private
deed covenants, conditions and restrictions--CC&Rs--in erecting
antennas. No more votes will occur until a post-election ''lame duck''
session that begins November 12 to complete several appropriations,
homeland security and other high-profile bills. Another lame duck
session in December also is possible.

With further progress on the bill unlikely this year, the effort to
secure a congressional solution to the CC&R issue will start all
over again when the new Congress convenes in January. The current
list of HR 4720 cosponsors
http://www.arrl.org/govrelations/hr4720/ is available on the ARRL
Web site. For more information, visit the HR 4720, The Amateur Radio
Emergency Communications Consistency Act of 2002 page on the ARRL
Web site http://www.arrl.org/govrelations/hr4720.
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