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.