Capitol Contact ALERT – Harmful Wireless Bill To Be Heard Monday in Senate Commerce and Labor

January 26, 2018

SB 405 (McDougle) substantially limits the ability of local-elected officials to determine how wireless infrastructure is incorporated into their communities, and effectively removes citizen input in making decisions on the siting of towers and poles.

Action Required – Please contact your Senators now to oppose SB 405 (McDougle). The bill will be heard Monday afternoon 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.

KEY CONTACTS

Senate Commerce and Labor Committee: Wagner (Chairman), Saslaw, Norment, Newman, Obenshain, Stuart, Stanley, Cosgrove, Chafin, Dance, Lucas, McDougle, Black, Sturtevant, Spruill

VACo Contact: Joe Lerch, AICP

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