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    Arizona SB1132 - Amateur Radio Operator Special Plates - Call to Action!

    Attention Arizona Hams,

    We need you to take action! Support Arizona SB1132. http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/53leg/1R/bills/SB1132P.htm

    This legislation makes the needed changes to get $17 of each $25 fee for the Amateur Radio Specialty Plate to benefit Amateur Radio in Arizona. Like all of the other specialty plates in the state, we want those funds to be directed to a 501c3 non-profit organization.

    First, contact your Arizona Senator and Representatives from the House, urging them to sponsor or vote in favor of SB1132. Have your friends, spouse/significant other, children of voting age, family members, coworkers, or anyone else you know do the same.

    1. Look up your Legislative District: http://azredistricting.org/districtlocator/

    2. In each Legislative District, you will have 1 Senator and 2 House of Representatives. Use the respective links below to find your 3 members of congress. Use their email@azleg.gov or call them, requesting they support Arizona SB1132.

    Senate: http://www.azleg.gov/MemberRoster/?body=S
    House: http://www.azleg.gov/MemberRoster/?body=H

    Here is example text to be used for letters or email:
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    January 21, 2017

    Dear Senator/Representative NAME,

    As a licensed Amateur Radio operator in Arizona, I request you support SB1132. The proposed changes are supported by the national organization American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the state organization Amateur Radio Council of Arizona (ARCA). The Arizona Amateur Radio specialty plate is the only one not funding a 501c3 organization.

    Amateur Radio has a rich history in Arizona with support going back to the days of Barry Goldwater, K7UGA. With the $17 from each $25 plate fee, we will be able to increase educational scholarships that are awarded each year. Other funds will be directed to benefit amateur radio clubs to provide educational opportunities and strengthen systems in place for emergency communications.

    I thank you for your support of SB1132, amateur radio operator special plates.

    Sincerely,

    Your Name, Call
    Mailing Address
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


    Second, SB1132 will be heard in the Senate Transportation & Technology committee on Tuesday, January 24th at 2:00 pm. The meeting will take place in Senate Hearing Room 1 located at 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007. We are requesting that as many of you attend as possible. A few of us will be standing up to speak in support of SB1132 and we need you in the audience. Please wear your yellow public service shirt or dress business casual or better.

    Thank you everyone for your support and we hope to see you Tuesday afternoon.

    Thomas Boza NE7X
    ARRL, Arizona Section, State Government Liaison

    Virgil Silhanek K7VZ
    Arizona Repeater Association, President

    Robert Spencer KE8DM
    ARRL, Arizona Section Manager
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    I went to the AZLEG website and when you click on the e-mail hey give you a template to fill in. A quick cut and paste to three legislators took less than 5 minutes. Thanks of the heads-up.
    Too bad we can't pack the hall with hams who will be out at Quartzfest this week.

    Good luck on Tuesday!
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    You can also put in a "request to speak" on the legislature website.

    https://apps.azleg.gov/RequestToSpeak

    Just create a login and then add an RTS. You can select that you support this bill. There is another option to let them know you do not wish to speak.

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    We are trying to coordinate so only 3-5 of us get up to speak. We have strong support and passing this bill should go through without a hitch. We don't want to get too many of us up there speaking.
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    AZ SB 1132 Amateur Radio License Plate Bill

    I received an email from our local state representative, Rebecca Rios, today advising me that this bill came before the House today and she voted for it. The bill passed in the House and now moves to the Senate from what I understand. Thanks to Virgil and all those who made time to speak up on our behalf in support of this bill.
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    Kudos to Representative Rios! That's cool that she followed up with you.

    SB1132 passed the Senate on February 2nd with a vote of 29-1. Yesterday, March 21st, it passed the House with a vote of 37 aye to 19 nay with 4 not voting. It's transferred back to the Senate to be sent to Governor Ducey for his signature.

    I've made a playlist of all of the available videos. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...qfMAT_ynSJt1c8

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    From the Senate floor, SB1132 is being transferred to the Governor for his signature.
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    Arizona Hams Take Legislative Action

    On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed SB1132.
    It becomes law 90 days after the Arizona Legislature adjourns in mid to
    late April. This concludes many years of hard work by Arizona hams and
    begins a new chapter for the future of Amateur Radio in Arizona.

    FCC Licensed Amateur Radio operators have been able to get their call
    sign personalized on Arizona license plates long before the state
    regularly allowed it. In 1995, Arizona created the specialty plate
    program where non-profit 501c3 organizations can request a special plate
    and benefit from a portion of the $25 annual fee. The Amateur Radio
    plate was created in 2004, but initially set up to return all monies to
    Arizona general funds. For several years, prior Section Manager Tom
    Fagan K7DF, Section Manager Robert Spencer KE8DM, and State Government
    Liaison Tom Boza NE7X have been trying to get that changed. This bill
    amends Section 28-2407 of the Arizona Revised Statues to create a fund
    that contributes $17 of each plate fee to an organization benefiting
    Amateur Radio.

    The bill, SB1132 Amateur Radio Operator Special Plates, was introduced
    to the Arizona Senate on January 18th at the beginning of the 53rd
    Legislature Regular Session by Senator Nancy Barto. As is normal
    procedure, it was assigned to the Senate Transportation and Technology
    committee. On January 24th a group of 32 amateur radio operators joined
    Senator Barto with Virgil Silhanek K7VZ, Tom Boza NE7X, Dennis Bietry
    KE7EJF, Steve Miller W6SDM, and Robert Spencer KE8DM testifying in favor
    of the bill. The Transportation and Technology committee then voted 7-0
    with a Do Pass recommendation. On January 30th the Rules committee
    passed the bill as Proper for Consideration (PFC) and with no
    amendments, it was added to the Consent calendar. On January 31st it
    was discussed in the Senate Republican and Democrat Caucuses. SB1132s
    journey through the Senate concluded on February 2nd when the floor
    voted 29-1 and passed it to the Arizona House.

    On February 20th, SB1132 was introduced in the Arizona House with
    co-sponsor Representative John Allen. Like the Senate, it was assigned
    to the Transportation and Infrastructure committee. On March 8th, hams
    once again assembled in the audience as Senator Barto, Tom Boza NE7X,
    Virgil Silhanek K7VZ, and Steve Miller W6SDM testified before the
    committee. The motion of Do Pass was confirmed with a vote of 8-0. The
    House Rules committee approved the bill as Constitutional and in Proper
    Form (C&P) on March 13th and it was added to the Consent calendar.
    SB1132 passed the House Caucuses on March 14th and was scheduled for a
    Third Read and vote on March 16th. Due to lengthy discussion of other
    bills, the House Floor adjourned, postponing the vote on SB1132.
    Finally, it was rescheduled for March 21st where the Arizona House
    voted, passing SB1132 with 37 yes, 19 no, 4 not voting.

    The funds will be directed to the Amateur Radio Council of Arizona
    (ARCA), a statewide organization comprised of Amateur Radio clubs,
    working for the betterment of Amateur Radio. ARCA will be able to
    improve existing scholarship programs, provide better support of club
    activities and hamfests, and support Amateur Radio education and
    training in Arizona. The 2016 Arizona Department of Transportation
    report showed 1078 Amateur Radio Operator plates issued, which would
    contribute approximately $18,000 annually to ARCA. At present, ARCA has
    26 member clubs that funds will support.

    Thank you to everyone who was involved with pushing this legislation
    forward. Your tireless efforts will benefit Amateur Radio in Arizona
    for generations to come. Thank you to Senator Barto and Representative
    Allen who sponsored this bill. They have proven to be great allies to
    the Amateur Radio community. As well, thank you to all of the Senators
    and Representatives in the legislature who voted in favor of SB1132s
    passage.

    References / Web Sites:

    Arizona Legislature, SB1132 -
    http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/53leg/1R/bills/SB1132P.htm

    ARRL Arizona Section - http://www.az-arrl.org

    Amateur Radio Council of Arizona (ARCA) - http://www.arca-az.org/

    SB1132 Videos -
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...qfMAT_ynSJt1c8


    Robert Spencer KE8DM
    ARRL Arizona Section - Section Manager

    Tom Boza NE7X
    ARRL Arizona Section Section Government Liaison

    Virgil Silhanek K7VZ
    ARRL Arizona Section Assistant Section Government Liaison
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    This is a good time for those hams who have their call sign on a regular personalized plate to upgrade to the actual Amateur Radio Operator plate and help support our hobby in Arizona through ARCA.

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    If you don't have the tag with the antenna tower and the words "Amateur Radio Operator" then use this link to find out how to order via snail mail. You will need to include a copy of your FCC license to be considered for this tag.
    https://servicearizona.com/webapp/ve...lateChoice=030
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