The problem isn't the CA legislature. A similar bill passed 2 years ago
only to be vetoed by the governor . . . the same guy that refused to
discuss the state budget during last November's campaign and - surprise!
- found a deficit of $35 Billion right after the election. He'll veto it
again. Last time he said the veto was because local municipalities
should have control over ham antennas. Same local officials who told me:
"PRB-1 doesn't apply in Poway."
73, and apologies in advance for the run on.
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Subject: [TowerTalk] FW: HEARING SET ON CALIFORNIA AMATEUR RADIO ANTENNA
This was posted today on the SCCC reflector...
btw, the link at the bottom ends in "...introduced.html". It might get
chopped by the e-mail gremlins, so make sure to paste it all together in
Sent: Friday, March 14, 2003 2:08 PM
To: SCCC Reflector
Subject: [SCCC] HEARING SET ON CALIFORNIA AMATEUR RADIO ANTENNA BILL
HEARING SET ON CALIFORNIA AMATEUR RADIO ANTENNA BILL
A legislative committee hearing has been set for March 26 on
California's latest attempt to pass an Amateur Radio antenna bill,
Assembly Bill 1228. The measure, introduced February 21 by Assemblyman
Bob Dutton (R-63rd), has been referred to the Committee on Local
ARRL Pacific Division Director Bob Vallio, W6RGG, and ARRL staffer and
antenna expert Dean Straw, N6BV, are among those scheduled to testify on
behalf of AB 1228 later this month before the committee.
In 2000, the California Legislature passed a bill incorporating the
essence of the limited federal preemption known as PRB-1, but Gov Gray
Davis vetoed the measure. Davis said at the time that he turned down the
bill, then known as SB-1714, because funds for required studies were not
included in his budget and because he considered amateur antennas "a
local rather than a state issue."
ARRL Southwestern Division Director Art Goddard, W6XD, says AB 1228
addresses Gov Davis' objection to the 2000 bill by eliminating the need
for a study at taxpayer expense. Goddard says the committee also is
addressing concerns already raised by The League of California Cities.
Goddard said he and the late Pacific Division Director Jim Maxwell,
W6CF, were involved in reviving the Amateur Radio antenna bill during
the current legislative session. But he cited Mike Mitchell, W6RW, as
"the sparkplug" of the 2003 PRB-1 bill committee. The committee is
composed of Northern and Southern California hams, since California
spans two ARRL divisions.
The new bill would incorporate the language of PRB-1 into California's
statutes. AB 1228 would require any ordinance regulating Amateur Radio
antenna structures to not preclude Amateur Radio Service communications,
to "reasonably accommodate" amateur communications, to allow amateur
station antenna structures "at heights and dimensions sufficient to
accommodate Amateur Radio Service communications," and to constitute
"the minimum practicable regulation to accomplish the legitimate purpose
of the city or county."
So far, 16 states have incorporated the essence of PRB-1 into their
laws. An Amateur Radio antenna bill awaits the governor's signature in
Utah, and similar measures are pending in several other states.
A copy of the proposed legislation is available on the California
Legislature Web site
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