Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 109

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 36-7-5.2.

Synopsis: Regulation of amateur radio antennas. Requires a municipality or county to comply with an FCC ruling concerning amateur radio preemption or a regulation related to amateur radio service. Prohibits a municipality or county from restricting the height of amateur radio antennas to less than 75 feet above ground level.

Effective: July 1, 2003.





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    January 7, 2003, read first time and referred to Committee on Governmental Affairs and Interstate Cooperation.







Introduced

First Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2003)


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SENATE BILL No. 109



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning local government.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. IC 36-7-5.2 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003]:
     Chapter 5.2. Regulation of Amateur Radio Antennas
    Sec. 1. A municipality or county may not enact or enforce an ordinance, a resolution, or an order that does not comply with the ruling of the Federal Communications Commission in "Amateur Radio Preemption, 101 FCC 2d 952 (1985)" or a regulation related to the amateur radio service adopted under 47 CFR Part 97.
    Sec. 2. If a municipality or county adopts an ordinance, a resolution, or an order involving the placement, screening, or height of an amateur radio antenna based on health, safety, or aesthetic conditions, the ordinance, resolution, or order must:
        (1) reasonably accommodate amateur radio communications; and
        (2) represent the minimal regulation practicable to accomplish the municipality's or county's legitimate purpose.


    Sec. 3. A local ordinance, resolution, or order may not restrict the height of an amateur radio antenna to less than seventy-five (75) feet above ground level.
    Sec. 4. This chapter does not prohibit a municipality or county from taking action to protect or preserve a historic, a historical, or an architectural district that is established by the municipality or county or under state or federal law.