During the 2015-2016 federal legislative season, the Ham Radio lobby introduced H.R. 1301, a bill that seeks to prohibit associations from banning Ham Radio antennae in their communities. This bill has been vehemently opposed by CAI for various reasons, and recently the parties reached a compromise with respect to the language contained in the bill.
The agreed upon changes to H.R. 1301 will still prohibit community associations from having blanket prohibitions on installation of amateur radio antennae, but will provide associations with some control over such installations.
The amended bill will allow associations to adopt rules and regulations governing installation, placement, and aesthetic impact of the antennae, as well as allow associations to seek prior approval of such installations. Additionally, associations will be able to ban installation of Ham Radio antennae on general common elements in communities. Although not an ideal situation, the new language certainly shines a better light on H.R. 1301 and provides associations with some control over Ham Radio antennae.
The bill has not yet been passed into law and still requires approval from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and must also be signed into law by President Obama. Feel free to track the bill as it moves through the legislative process.
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