On October 20, Ed Hude, WA8QJE (MI State Government Liaison) and I had the opportunity to set down with Representative Martin Howyrlak from the MI 41st District to discuss his Distracted Driving bill (HB 5867) that was recently introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives.
We were fortunate to be able to spend over an hour in conversation with Rep. Howyrlak and his Legislative Assistant Amanda Gill. Our suggestions for changes to the bill to exempt amateur radio from this legislative were readily accepted. The final language has not yet been determined, but a proposed rewrite shows great promise.
While it is likely that this bill will not be moved forward before the current legislative term ends, if Rep. Howyrlak is reelected, the bill will be introduced in the next legislative session. We will continue to work with Rep. Howyrlak and his staff to produce a bill that will not inadvertently cause harm to amateur radio operators.
For now we believe that this situation is under control, however we do urge that all radio amateurs exercise caution while operating from your vehicle.