HB1487 (2024) Detail

Relative to the health effects of 5G technology.


HB 1487  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2024 SESSION

24-2710

08/10

 

HOUSE BILL 1487

 

AN ACT relative to the health effects of 5G technology.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Gerhard, Merr. 25; Rep. Parshall, Ches. 8

 

COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires certain provisions around measurements of RF-radiation and notification of the effects of such radiation from 5G technology.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

24-2710

08/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Four

 

AN ACT relative to the health effects of 5G technology.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Findings.  The general court strongly encourages the state to move forward with the deployment of fiber optic cable connectivity, internal wired connections, and optical wireless to serve all commercial and public properties statewide.  The general court further strongly encourages health care facilities to establish RF-radiation free zones where employees and visitors can seek refuge from the effects of wireless RF-radiation.

2  New Subdivision; 5G Regulation.  Amend RSA 12-K by inserting after section 14 the following new subdivision:

5G Regulation

12-K:15  5G Regulation; Department of Environmental Services; Duties.

I.  The department of environmental services shall include links on the departmental website that contains information about radiofrequency radiation (RF-radiation) from all sources, including from 5G small cells deployed on public rights-of-way.  Such information shall also contain guidance on the proper use of cell phones to minimize exposure to RF-radiation.  

II.  The department of environmental services shall make public service announcements on radio, television, print media, and the Internet to warn of the health risks associated with radiation exposure, including warnings concerning newborns, children, and pregnant women.  

III.  The department of environmental services shall develop exposure warning signs for posting in commercial and public buildings concerning RF-radiation levels.

IV.  The department of environmental services shall require that every pole or other structure in the public rights-of-way holding a 5G antenna to be labeled indicating RF-radiation being emitted from the antenna.  Such label shall be posted at eye level and printed in such a way that it is legible from 9 feet away.

V.  The department of environmental services shall adopt rules under RSA 541-A relative to performing RF-radiation frequency signal strength measurements in areas around wireless facilities in order to evaluate signal characteristics known to be deleterious to human health.  Such rules shall take into account the impulsive nature of high-data-rate radiation that a growing body of evidence shows as having a significantly greater negative impact on human health than does continuous radiation.  Such rules shall enable the summative effects of multiple radiation sources to be measured.  Such rules shall consider safety limits that shall protect trees, plants, birds, insects, and pollinators from damage by RF-radiation exposure.

VI.  The department of environmental services shall publish a continually updated map of RF-radiation exposure levels across the state using data submitted by certified home inspectors under RSA 310-A:190.

3  New Paragraph; Home Inspectors; RF Radioactivity Measurements.  Amend RSA 310:190 by inserting after paragraph IV the following new paragraph:

V.  Home inspectors shall be trained to measure the intensity of RF-radiation when doing inspections.  Home inspectors shall send measurements of RF-radiation to the department of environmental services for publication on a map of state exposure levels under RSA 12-K:15, VI.

4  New Paragraph; Wireless Carriers; New Antennas.  Amend RSA 12-K:3 by inserting after paragraph IV the following new paragraph:

V.  Not build or place after the effective date of this paragraph wireless antennae less than 500 meters away from a residence, business, or school.

5  New Section; School Districts; Wireless Connections.  Amend RSA 189 by inserting after section 14-h the following new section:

189:14-i  Wireless Connections.  The board shall develop a plan to be implemented in every school district to migrate from wireless Internet connections for computers, laptops, tablets, and other wireless devices to Internet connections that are either hard-wired or optical connections within 5 years of the effective date of this section.  

6  New Paragraph; Chartered Public Schools; Requirements; Options.  Amend RSA 194-B:8 by inserting after paragraph VII the following new paragraph:

IX.  A chartered public school shall develop a plan to migrate from wireless Internet connections for computers, laptops, tablets, and other wireless devices to Internet connections that are either hard-wired or optical connections within 5 years of the effective date of this section.  

7  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

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Date Body Type
Jan. 30, 2024 House Hearing
Feb. 6, 2024 House Exec Session
Feb. 6, 2024 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1487 Revision: 40065 Date: Dec. 11, 2023, 8:49 a.m.

Docket


Feb. 15, 2024: Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 02/15/2024 HJ 5


Feb. 7, 2024: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate 02/06/2024 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 6 P. 9


Jan. 31, 2024: Executive Session: 02/06/2024 01:00 pm LOB 302-304


Jan. 31, 2024: Full Committee Work Session: 02/06/2024 09:00 am LOB 302-304


Jan. 22, 2024: Public Hearing: 01/30/2024 11:00 am LOB 302-304


Dec. 11, 2023: Introduced 01/03/2024 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 1