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Michigan PRB-1 Call to Action (Copied from E-mail)

11/02/2014 09:13 | Jim Baksa (Administrator)

October 30, 2014


Michigan Hams: This is our time to get this done. Get this information to your friends and to your radio club. Unless your next club meeting is in the next week, don't wait for the next meeting - Send the information out in an email, make phone calls, and make every effort to get the maximum number of letters to the members of the House Energy and Technology Committee. Be creative and GET OUT THE VOTE!!

We can do this!


To the hams of Michigan:

Here is an important update from our State Government Liaison, Ed Hude, WA8QJE on the status of the PRB-1 project here in Michigan. 

In September, 2014, Senator Nofs and the members of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee unanimously reported SB 0493 favorably to the Committee of the Whole. The Senate held the third reading of the bill on October 22, 2014 and the Senate passed the bill unanimously.

Now our bill is heading to the House of Representatives for their consideration. It is expected that the bill will be assigned to the Energy and Technology Committee in the House and it is time for our membership to communicate with the Chairman and the members of the Committee.

This is where I need your help. I am asking that each and every one of you contact the Committee Chair and the Committee Members of the House Energy and Technology Committee to encourage them to take action on this bill.


This communication can be best done by email. Below the attached sample message is a listing of the Chairman and members of the committee and their House website where you can cut and paste your letter on their website or their email address where you can use your word processor to generate your letter. It is acceptable for anyone to send a note to all of the Committee Members, even if you don’t live in his or her district. Just make sure that your subject line is “House Energy and Technology Committee”. That will get the necessary attention.

The following is a suggestion as to what to include in your message.

If you deviate from this message, please be respectful and communicate in a professional tone. Please be sure to carbon copy or “cc:” both myself and our Section Manager Larry Camp, WB8R.

You do not need to be a licensed operator to send this message.  Even your spouse can send a separate message. (Just be sure to not place a call sign in the signature)

Let’s work together and keep this moving forward!!! Thank you.



SUBJECT:  House Energy and Technology Committee and SB 0493

Representative   ___________,

I am asking that you please give consideration to scheduling SB 0493 for review and passage within the House Energy and Technology Committee.  Senate Bill 0493, if passed, will recognize the Federal Communications Commission pre-emption of PRB-1. This will help all licensed Amateur Radio Operators across the State of Michigan, especially in the times of needed emergency communications.  Your assistance as well as that of the other committee members is urgently needed.



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House Energy and Technology Committee Members

Aric Nesbitt (R) Committee Chair, 66th District

Mike Shirkey (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 65th District

Jeff Farrington (R) 30th District

Ray Franz (R) 101st District

Bradford Jacobsen (R) 46thDistrict


Rick Outman (R) 70th District

Peter Pettalia (R) 106th District

Amanda Price (R) 89th District

Wayne Schmidt (R) 104th District


Dale Zorn (R) 56th District

Joseph Graves (R) 51st District

Dan Lauwers (R) 81st District

Martin Howrylak (R) 41st District

Thomas Stallworth (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 7th District

Rudy Hobbs (D) 35th District

David Nathan (D) 8th District

Bill LaVoy (D) 17th District

Marilyn Lane (D) 31st District

Charles Brunner (D) 96th District

Henry Yanez (D) 25th District

Collene Lamonte (D) 91st District

Phil Phelps (D) 49th District



ARRL Michigan Section

Section Manager: Larry Camp, WB8R


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