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Idaho Statute

State of Idaho - Emergency Communications Preservation Act

State of Idaho
Title 55
Property in General
Chapter 29

55-2901. SHORT TITLE. This chapter shall be known and may be cited as "The Emergency Communications Preservation Act."

55-2902. PURPOSE. The purpose of this chapter is to preserve the capability of amateur radio operators within the state of Idaho to provide radio communications in times of emergency and disaster.

55-2903. DEFINITIONS. When used in this act:

(1) "Antenna" means any array of wires, tubing or similar materials used for the transmission and reception of radio waves.

(2) "Antenna support structure" or "tower" means a structure or framework that is designed to elevate an antenna above the ground for the purpose of increasing the effective communications range and reliability of an amateur radio station.

(3) "Amateur Radio" means the use of amateur and amateur-satellite radio frequencies and services used by licensed, qualified persons of any age who are interested in radio technique without pecuniary remuneration. These services present an opportunity for public service, emergency communications, self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations.

(4) "Amateur radio operator" means any person who has been duly examined and licensed by the federal communications commission or its designee for the operation of transmitting and receiving apparatus on radio frequencies internationally agreed upon for the use of the amateur radio service.

(5) "Local unit of government" means a county, city or town.

55-2904. ANTENNA SUPPORT STRUCTURES -- ANTENNAS -- RESTRICTIONS ON LOCAL UNITS OF GOVERNMENT. Any rule or ordinance of a local unit of government involving the placement, screening or height of antennas and towers based on health, safety or aesthetic considerations must be crafted to reasonably accommodate amateur radio communications and to represent the minimum practical regulation to accomplish a legitimate purpose of the local unit of government.


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