Illinois Legislation Would Ban Use of Mobile Amateur Radio

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Illinois Legislation Would Ban Use of Mobile Amateur Radio

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Post by SP Jon M3 » Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:01 pm

Found an interesting post over on qrz.com. Basically Illinois is proposing legislation to ban the use of any electronic device unless it's hands-free or voice activated (wonder if you can change the radio station on your car stereo anymore? :roll: ). Hopefully this doesn't pass and set a precedence for other states to follow.
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Re: Illinois Legislation Would Ban Use of Mobile Amateur Radio

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Post by cruiserlarry » Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:04 pm

SP Jon M3 wrote:Found an interesting post over on qrz.com. Basically Illinois is proposing legislation to ban the use of any electronic device unless it's hands-free or voice activated (wonder if you can change the radio station on your car stereo anymore? :roll: ). Hopefully this doesn't pass and set a precedence for other states to follow.
Illinois can pass whatever legislation it wants - but if they try to enforce it on licensed hams, they'll likely end up on the wrong end of a Federal lawsuit, IMO, since Amateur Radio operation is regulated by federal license, not state regulations. Usually federal law overrides any state legislation (example - medical marijuana raids in CA and other states where the facilities have been legalized by the state), so they'll have a big fight on their hands regarding any communications services that are covered by Federal laws. In CA, the hands-free cell-phone laws don't cover ham radio or business band radio operation specifically for that reason.
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Re: Illinois Legislation Would Ban Use of Mobile Amateur Radio

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Post by DaveK » Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:17 pm

THIS JUST IN:
Amateur radio has been granted an exemption to a proposed Illinois anti-distracted-driver law that could have outlawed all mobile operation by anyone in the state other than emergency services.
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Post by cowboy4x4 » Wed May 15, 2013 7:58 pm

I wonder how all the truck drivers will communicate with each other now...... I know.... they will say screw it and talk on the cb anyway (assuming they are banned as well)
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Post by cruiserlarry » Wed May 15, 2013 11:17 pm

I'm guessing a wise attorney general in Illinois took a look at the proposed legislation, and realized the can of crap they would get the state into if they didn't exempt Federally-licensed radio services...so, as I stated in a previous post, I'm not surprised about the exception they made for amateur radio operators. ;)
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Post by brentbba » Mon May 20, 2013 9:19 am

Good to hear Illinios came to their senses. It just really surprises me that the Peoples Republik of Kalifornia hasn't done this regardless of federal law!

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