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2013 Senate Bill 493: Preempt local amateur radio restrictions
  1. Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on September 17, 2013, to prohibit local ordinances that preclude federally licensed amateur radio service communications, or that do not comply with Federal Communications Commission rules, or that unreasonably restrict antennas up to 90 feet tall.
    • Referred to the Senate Energy and Technology Committee on September 17, 2013.
  2. Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 22, 2014, to prohibit local ordinances that preclude amateur radio operators from having antennas of sufficient "heights and dimensions sufficient to accommodate" radio communications. Local regulations would have to "reasonably accommodate those communications" and "constitute the minimum practicable regulation." Federal law requires owners of antennas taller than 200 feet to disclose this to the Federal Aviation Administration.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on October 6, 2014.
    • Referred to the House Energy and Technology Committee on October 6, 2014.