Mobile hams threatened in MIchigan!

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    Florin Zeriu writes:

    To begin, I give full credit for initiating this note to the following hams:
    Rick Elushik, N8GGO

    Jim Prest, WA8SEL

    Ron Martin, KC8MVA

    Hank Kucharski,N8ANR



    It only takes 5 minutes on the telephone with the office of your Michigan State Representative - I suggest you call, rather than e-mail, as a personal voice contact is much more effective than an impersonal e-mail. If you are outside of the State of Michigan, please consider at least e-mailing our state representatives.



    Read more about this shocking bill...




    You can verify the veracity of the following alert at:




    http://www.michiganlegislature.org
    , search by bill number (6012). Please don't put off contacting your representative, do it ASAP, as it will make the difference between being able to freely operate mobile, or not.



    Florin Zeriu KC8KNJ




    "This is a call for action for all Hams that want to
    continue using their MOBILE radios, or even wish to
    transport their PORTABLE/HANDHELD radios in their
    vehicles without obtaining a special permit from the
    Michigan State Police.



    On Sept. 27, 2000, Michigan Rep. Mike Kowall sponsored
    House Bill HB-6012 that amends sec. 508 of 1931 PA 328
    (MCL 750.508). Co-sponsors to this amendment are Reps.
    Cassis, Julian, Shackleton, Birkholz, Howell,
    Scranton, and Tabor and has been referred to the
    Committee on Transportation.



    Sec. 508 has been completely rewritten.



    Subsection (1) states ...shall not either equip a
    vehicle with a radio receiver, or possess in a vehicle
    a portable radio receiver that receives...



    Subsection (2) does not exempt Hams from the permit
    requirement as the non-amended sec. 508 did.
    Subsection (2) states ...does not apply to a vehicle
    owned or used by an individual who has obtained a
    valid permit...
    This permit requirement applies to Law Enforcement
    Officers and Amateur Radio Operators.



    This is a bad Bill for Amateur Radio in Michigan on
    the whole, and especially for those attempting to
    provide a service to our communities. This is another
    hurdle which should not have to be jumped by the
    volunteers that give so much already.



    Call or e-mail your State Representative today and
    let's put a stop to this foolishness. You can find
    your Representatives number in the phone book or by
    going to http://www.michiganlegislature.org/ and then
    scrolling to the "Links to Other Sites" "State House".




    HB 6012 reads as follows:



    (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), A person
    shall not either equip a vehicle with a radio
    receiver, or POSSESS in a vehicle a portable radio
    receiver, that receives radio frequencies assigned by
    the federal communications commission for police
    purposes.



    (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a vehicle owned
    or used by an individual who has obtained a valid
    permit from the director of the department of the
    State Police on a form prescribed by the director and
    who is either of the following:



    (A) a law enforcement officer certified pursuant to
    the commission on law enforcement standards act, 1965
    PA 203, MCL 28.601 to 28.616.


    B) An amateur radio operator licensed by the Federal
    communications commission in 1 of the following
    classes:



    (i) technician class
    (ii)Tech Plus class
    (iii)general class
    (iv) advanced operator class
    (v)Amateur extra operator class



    (3) this section does not restrict or prohibit
    equipping a vehicle with or using a radar detector.



    Violations of this law carry a 1 yr jail sentence and
    a $500.00 fine.
     
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