[SECC] House Bill 19

Jay Pryor jpryor at uga.edu
Sun Jan 11 13:27:03 EST 2009

I spoke this morning with three legislators about this bill.  It turned out that my church had its annual legislative forum today and I read Rick's email just before heading out.  I pointed out the importance of mobile communications in times of crisis.  They all seemed receptive.  My local representative, Fran Millar, does not think the bill will succeed because there are so many other distractions -- he used the example of eating a Big Mac -- that could just as easily cause accidents, and it is impractical for the legislature to pass legislation covering every possibility.  However it should be noted that just because Fran does not think the bill has a chance, that does not mean his opinion is shared by others.  It is always a good idea to share your concerns about this or any other issue with your local representative.  


Jay, K4OGG

---- Original message ----
>Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2009 11:00:57 -0600
>From: "KC4HW" <jimjohnson at alaweb.com>  
>Subject: Re: [SECC] House Bill 19  
>To: SECC <secc at contesting.com>
>Cc: Contest at alabamacontestgroup.org
>This certainly could hamper "Single Op--No Driver" category!  But I presume that 
>others in the mobile categories would not be inhibited.  
>Interesting that you said "ban on the use....while driving".  Wonder if handfree 
>with a  Blue tooth device would be allowed.  
>Ft Rucker in Ozark, AL has made it illegal to use a cell phone while driving!  As 
>far as I know they will allow handfree operation.  
>Interesting to see how this will work out...  If GA does this, I am sure that many 
>of the other states will follow.
>On 11 Jan 2009 at 6:17, Rick Dougherty NQ4I wrote:
>I just read a review of Georgia House Bill 19...it includes a ban on the use of a 
>cell phones while driving, and also included in the ban is the use of ham radios 
>or citizen band units!! We need to get the word out on this bill, and talk with/write 
>our representatives that Ham radio needs to be lifted from this bill!! It will end 
>ham radio mobil operations completely! No more Ga QSO party etc.....de Rick 
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