Have a look at this proposed amendment to the current law concerning use of hand held communication devices while mobile... http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+SB74 Under the line with "B. The provisions of this section shall not apply to:" we have these two bullets describing exceptions... 5. The use of a citizens band radio; 6. Vehicles used or operated by federally licensed amateur radio operators (i) while participating in emergency communications or drills on behalf of federal, state, or local authorities or (ii) to provide communications services to localities in the Commonwealth for public service events, including marathons, footraces, or activities authorized by the Department of Transportation or the locality in which the event is being conducted; Questions: Why the additional restrictions on amateur radio? Did some ham anger this senator leading up to these proposed restrictions on only amateur radio mobile operations while leaving CB radio restriction free? Any other states have similar disparity between the ARS and other citizen radio services? Thanks.