Legislative Updates

The Georgia legislative session typically runs between January and April, but LAC and its lobbyists are involved in working with legislators and monitoring issues impacting community associations throughout the year. 

HAM RADIO TOWERS AND ANTENNAS IN YOUR COMMUNITY – A LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Dawn Bauman - 7/15/2016

​On July 13, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce gave its stamp of approval to a compromise version of H.R. 1301, the Amateur Radio Parity Act.

Community Associations Institute opposed H.R. 1301 as introduced, which preempted association restrictions on HAM radio and drastically limited association architectural control of amateur radio antennas. With approval of the committee, the amended version of H.R. 1301 will be referred to the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote – possibly in September.

CAI's Federal Legislative Action Committee was able to secure key changes to H.R. 1301. These amendments include:

  • HAM radio operators are required to obtain the prior consent of the association to install an outdoor antenna
  • HAM radio operators are prohibited from placing antennas on common property, and Associations may establish written rules concerning outdoor HAM radio antennas

Prior to the committee vote, U.S. Representative Greg Walden, a Republican representing Oregon's 6th Congressional District and the chief author of H.R. 1301, said that compromise was necessary to "...to ensure amateurs [HAM radio operators] are protected, but not at the expense of Americans living in deed-restricted communities." (to continue reading)

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