Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes House, Heads To Senate

H.R. 555 Status

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. [ 1 ]

A complete list of all actions on H.R. 555 along with full text of this bill are available on congress.gov.

Footnotes

[ 1 ] “Amateur Radio Parity Act Speeds to U.S. House Passage, Heads to U.S. Senate”, ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio, last modified January 24 2017, http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-parity-act-speeds-to-u-s-house-passage-heads-to-u-s-senate.