K4AC Again Asks For Independent Expert Review Of Amateur Parity Act Bill

K4AC Again Asks For Independent Expert Review Of Amateur Parity Act Bill

Announcement Date: July 16, 2016

After considering opinions that the compromise language in the Amateur Radio Parity Act bill had made the bill decidedly poor, K4AC could not find a good answer to the question: “Why would the organization representing HOAs agree to support a bill that creates a legal cause of action where none currently exists?” The only viable answer that anyone has been able to come up with is that the compromise inclusion of “aesthetics” into the bill makes the HOAs feel confident that they can ban anything that can be seen by any neighbor and win any lawsuit against them.

At the July 2016 Board Meeting, K4AC went to ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, and told him that he could either cause an independent review of the Amateur Radio Parity Act bill’s language by one or more attorneys with experience in actually litigating PRB-1 cases and litigating cases against HOAs or K4AC would submit a Motion to the Board calling for it. K4AC had called for this review back in March, but the call was being ignored.

Roderick involved General Counsel Chris Imlay and it was agreed that the independent review would be done.

As of 10/21/2016, there is no indication that the review has ever been done despite K4AC bringing it up again in late August with Imlay.