H.R.3207 - Amateur Radio Volunteer Services Act of 1996104th Congress (1995-1996)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Baker, Bill [R-CA-10] (Introduced 03/29/1996)|
|Committees:||House - Commerce|
|Latest Action:||House - 04/15/1996 Referred to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in House (03/29/1996)
[Congressional Bills 104th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 3207 Introduced in House (IH)] 104th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 3207 To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to facilitate utilization of volunteer resources on behalf of the amateur radio service. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES March 29, 1996 Mr. Baker of California (for himself, Mr. Bereuter, Mr. Brown of California, Mr. Calvert, Mrs. Clayton, Mr. Cox of California, Mr. Dicks, Mr. Dellums, Mr. Ehlers, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Farr of California, Mr. Funderburk, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, Mr. Hastert, Mr. Jacobs, Mr. Parker, Mr. Rogers, Mr. Royce, Mr. Roth, Mr. Taylor of North Carolina, Mr. Towns, Mr. Weldon of Florida, Mr. Wilson, and Mr. Wise) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to facilitate utilization of volunteer resources on behalf of the amateur radio service. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Amateur Radio Volunteer Services Act of 1996''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE. (a) Findings.--The Congress finds and declares as follows: (1) Since 1982, following the enactment of Public Law 97- 259, the Federal Communications Commission has been authorized to utilize volunteer assistance of licensees in the amateur radio service for-- (A) the preparation and administration of amateur radio license examinations; and (B) on-air monitoring for violations in the amateur radio service. (2) These volunteer services provided by individual amateur radio licensees have greatly enhanced the self-regulatory character of the Service, and have saved the Commission countless hours of staff time and other resources. (3) The perception that volunteers put personal assets at risk in the event of actions against them as the result of their voluntary services may result in nonparticipation of volunteers or withdrawal from volunteer service. (b) Purpose.--It is the purpose of this Act to protect the provision of volunteer services to the Federal Communications Commission as provided for in the Communications Act of 1934, in the administration of the amateur radio service. SEC. 3. FACILITATION OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES TO THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION IN PROGRAMS BENEFITING THE AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE. Section 4(f)(4)(G) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 154(f)(4)(G)) is hereby amended by inserting before the period at the end thereof the following: ``, except that individual licensees in the amateur radio service who provide volunteer services pursuant to subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) of this paragraph, or pursuant to subsection (g)(3)(B), shall be deemed to be Federal employees only for the purposes of chapter 171 of title 28, United States Code.''. <all>