GSL Alert – CAI Federal Government Advocacy

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES BILL REGARDING HAM RADIO ANTENNAS AND TOWERS IN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS

On Monday, September 12, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 1301. H.R. 1301 is the amended Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2016 that contains language adopted from a CAI compromise proposal. The Senate still needs to approve the legislation if H.R. 1301 is to be signed into law.

Initially, Community Associations Institute opposed H.R. 1301, because it contained language preempting association regulations on HAM radio use and severely curtailed association input on the use and placement of amateur radio antennas.

rooftop_hamWorking on behalf of its member associations, CAI’s Federal Legislative Action Committee worked with members of congress to incorporate several key changes to H.R. 1301, making it more acceptable to associations and owners alike. The adopted changes include:

  • Prior consent of the association is required by HAM radio operators to install outdoor antennas
  • Antennas will be prohibited on common property, and
  • Associations will be allowed to establish written rules concerning outdoor HAM radio antennas.

The recently approved H.R. 1301 legislation permits community associations to create and enact reasonable written rules concerning the installation and use of HAM radio antennas. These rules must permit the installation of an effective antenna, but may restrict HAM antennas to height, location, and aesthetic standards.

At this point, the Senate has not indicated when they would take up the amended version of H.R. 1301. If it does not become law in 2016, the bill would need to restart the legislative process in 2017. As always, we will keep you posted on any updates!