The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 — H.R.1301 — has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle — seven Republicans and five Democrats.
But let’s be clear, getting from here to actually becoming a law is no easy task. A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
“Do nothing” congress is a fairly common phrase and with good reason. From 2011 through 2013, only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted.
The current Govtrack prognosis for HR-1301 gives a nine percent chance that the bill gets past committee and a scant two percent chance that it gets enacted.
Moving those needles higher will require all of us to call, write, cajole and otherwise harass our congressional leaders so that they clearly hear from voters who are seriously interested in seeing this legislation come to pass.
Here’s a pile-up of information on how to get started doing just that.