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.


  • 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.


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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