Parity Act of 2017 Introduced - HR 555

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  1. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    According to ARRL, the Amateur Radio Parity Act has been reintroduced in the US House as of January 13, 2017, as HR 555.

    The article confirms that this is a continuation of efforts from late last year, "The wording of HR 555 is identical to the language of HR 1301, which passed the US House of Representatives by a unanimous consent vote in September 2016 during the 114th Congress, which adjourned in December."

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  2. NA4IT

    NA4IT Ham Member QRZ Page

    And how many years have they been working on this???
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  3. KN4AQ

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    I'd have to do some research to find a specific date, but probably sometime in the 90's. Multiple bills have been introduced in the House, only to die with inaction. The ARRL has continuously lobbied the FCC to enact a rule on its own.

    It was in 2011, though, that the FCC finally told the ARRL they would not extend PRB-1/OTARD type protection to HOA residents and apartment dwellers without congressional direction. Congress directed the FCC to conduct a study. The FCC did, and ignored most of the comments they received by declaring that hams had no real problem with HOA restrictions.

    In 2015, another in a series of bills was introduced in the House (HR-1301, the Amateur Radio Parity Act).

    For the first time the bill got a companion Senate bill. For the first time, the bill was negotiated with representatives of the HOA 'industry' (the Community Associations Institute) and compromise language was introduced. For the first time it was passed by the entire House without objection. Then it was killed at the last minute by a single Senator (Bill Nelson, D-FL).

    The process begins again. And while technically it starts from scratch, in reality it builds on the momentum of the past. No, it doesn't start right where it left off. But the lobbying and persuasion to members of Congress have a much stronger foundation, and another two years to achieve a better result.

    And now, let the Deal With It fest begin....
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  4. K4JDH

    K4JDH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am so excited! The Parody Act returns!
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  5. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Indeed. It pretends to be a bill that helps amateurs.
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  6. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    If the language remains unchanged, that is going to produce some interesting stories indeed.
  7. KG5JAW

    KG5JAW Ham Member QRZ Page

    They need to GIT 'R DONE! -KG5JAW
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  8. KR6AUL

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    SO it has to go through the whole process again, Go through the House of Representatives again?
  9. W8DNZ

    W8DNZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    The language is identical. The only reason this didn't get done last year was Senator Nelson's (D-FL) refusing to sign on to unanimous consent to the House-passed bill that would have negated the need for a floor vote.
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  10. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    From ARRL's article: "The bill has been designated as HR 555, and was assigned to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which is chaired by Congressman Walden."

    Looks like it has to go through committee in the House again, but the committee is chaired by one of the co-sponsors.

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