On the evening of Monday, September 12, the U.S. House of
Representatives approved the CAI compromise version of H.R. 1301 by voice vote.
The Senate must also vote to approve the legislation if H.R.
1301 is to be presented to President Obama for his signature.
Community Associations Institute
opposed H.R. 1301 as introduced, which preempted association restrictions on
ham radio and drastically limited association architectural control of amateur
CAI's Federal Legislative Action
Committee was able to secure key changes to H.R. 1301. These amendments
ham radio operators are required to obtain the prior
consent of the association to install an outdoor antenna
ham radio operators are prohibited from placing
antennas on common property, and
associations may establish written rules concerning
outdoor ham radio antennas.
The compromise legislation will permit
community associations to establish and enforce reasonable written rules
concerning the installation of ham radio antennas. While these rules must be
designed and enforced so as to permit installation of an effective antenna,
associations may require that ham antennas meet height, location, and aesthetic
With national elections in full swing,
the Senate has a limited schedule prior to adjourning sine die in
December. If the amended version of H.R. 1301 does not become law in 2016, the
bill must restart the legislative process when the 115th Congress
convenes in January of 2017.
Here is a copy of the