The Government Affairs arm of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) reported today that federal bill H.R. 1301 was not approved by the U.S. Senate. Proponents of the bill have lost this round, but the final outcome remains to be seen.

The bill faced stiff opposition in the senate from Senator Bill Nelson. However, the sponsor of the bill in the House, Representative Greg Walden, will have increased influence in the new Congress next year. CAI expects the legislation will be re-introduced at that time.

The following is our prior post from July 2016:

The National Chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI) recently provided this update on H.R. 1301 which confirmed that the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce has approved a compromise version of the bill, also known as the Amateur Radio Parity Act.

The original version of the bill contained no provisions that would allow community associations to impose reasonable restrictions on HAM radio antennas, but CAI reports they have been successful in negotiating the following compromise provisions:

  • HAM radio operators are required to obtain the prior consent of the association to install an outdoor antenna
  • HAM radio operators are prohibited from placing antennas on common property, and
  • Associations may establish written rules concerning outdoor HAM radio antennas

CAI reports that the bill has considerable support, due primarily to advocates claiming that HAM radios are essential for communicating in emergency situations, so associations and their managers should keep a close eye on this legislation. If the bill becomes law, associations should plan to work with their attorney and update their rules to include reasonable restrictions on HAM radio antennas, which may have a similar format as rules that may already be adopted for satellite dishes.

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