Cellphone Provision, H-4771 “Dead”

MA Statehouse QST–Massachusetts amateurs

On Friday July 23, the Massachusetts Senate deleted a cellphone provision from a major transportation bill. This is the bill (number H-4771) that you may have heard about late last month. The provision would have made it illegal to drive while using a hand-held cellphone.

The bill on which the H-4771 cellphone provision was based, H-3919, remains in the House Ways and Means committee. H-3919 has been stuck there for over a year. If it is not approved by the end of the year, it will expire.

While neither of these bills represents a direct threat to amateur interests, it is important that we be prepared to make ourselves heard should circumstances warrant.

If you have any questions about this or any other legislation, please contact K3HI.

Shawn O’Donnell, K3HI
EMA ARRL State Government Liaison
508 877 7635

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