Adopt a Resolution to Oppose Harmful Wireless Bills

January 18, 2018

HB 1258 (Kilgore) and SB 405 (McDougle) substantially limit the ability of local-elected officials to determine how wireless infrastructure is incorporated into their communities, and effectively remove citizen input from decisions on the siting of towers and poles.

Action Required – Please adopt a resolution in opposition to HB 1258 and SB 405. Here’s a template of a resolution counties may use. Please send a copy of your resolutions to Dean Lynch at dlynch@vaco.org.

HB 1258 will be heard in the House Commerce and Labor Committee while SB 405 will be heard in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee.

Talking Points

  • Localities should not be stripped of their ability to determine how wireless towers and poles can be accommodated within their landscape.
  • Restrictions on how much localities can charge for applications will place a fiscal burden on government operations.
  • A “one-size-fits-all” approach is unnecessary. Wireless service providers can, and do, find solutions working with local governments and their citizens for the siting of towers and poles.

VACo Contact: Joe Lerch, AICP

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