Just 10 days after being introduced, the 2017 Amateur Radio Parity Act legislation, H.R. 555, passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week on unanimous consent under a suspension of House rules. The bill’s language is identical to that of the 2015 measure, H.R. 1301, which won House approval late last summer after attracting 126 co-sponsors, but failed to clear the U.S. Senate last fall as the 114th Congress wound down. The new bill, again sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), was introduced on January 13 with initial co-sponsorship by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), who chairs the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
On January 13, 2017, Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) introduced the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017” into the new 115th Congress. Mr. Kinzinger was joined by Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT-02) and Representative Greg Walden, W7EQI, (R-OR-02) as original co-sponsors. The bill has been designated as HR 555, and was assigned to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which is chaired by Congressman Walden.
The wording of HR 555 is identical to the language of HR 1301, which passed the US House of Representatives by a unanimous consent vote in September 2016 during the 114th Congress, which adjourned in December.
The ARRL team is working with its contacts on Capitol Hill on getting the bill considered in the US Senate.
Further information on HR 555 and how ARRL members can assist in working towards its passage will be coming in the next few weeks. Please stand by for additional details.