Bill Requring Weather Radios In Some Homes Passes Committee

Ruth Ann Palumbo filed House Bill 256 to require retailers to furnish a weather radio in mobile homes.

WKYT Chief Meteorologist T.G. Shuck testified in support of the bill.

There was some debate on whether the bill unfairly targets the mobile home industry. However, bill backers say we leaned just last week that mobile homes usually don't survive a direct hit with a tornado, such as the rash of tornadoes in western Kentucky on February 5th and 6th.

“With the number of fatalities, all seven fatalities with the outbreak last week were (people) in mobile homes,” said Shuck.

Representative Ken Upchurch pushed an amendment for all homes to have the radios. “And it would require realtors to make these radios at the time of sale,” he said.

The amendment failed, but the bill with several other amendments passed.


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  • by Scott Location: Central Ky on Feb 13, 2008 at 07:52 AM
    Lawmakers need to take a look at what happens to any type of home that takes a direct hit by a tornado. I would support this bill if it was required on any type housing. Unfortunately the majority of older mobile homes are not installed and anchored properly which makes them a danger in any high wind situation. A tornado does not discriminate as our so called weather experts do. What engineering degree does T.G. Shuck possess? I currently live in a modern manufactured home and have also lived in homes that were built on site, and in both cases, I seek shelter. This bill should not stop at only manufactured housing. Lets get some structural engineers involved and not just a weather man. Did anyone else testify during this hearing? Representative Ken Upchurch, I commend your efforts!!!
  • by c Location: fkt on Feb 13, 2008 at 07:05 AM
    While the idea is great, I view it as another government intrusion on its people! While the government can force homeowners to have the radios, it CANNOT FORCE US TO USE THEM! This is also a burden on the poor. The poor can bearly put food on their tables & now the government wants them to spend food money on a radio! Get real! If you pass this bill, then come up with the money to pay for the radios! Quit making laws that take money from hard working people who are just trying to feed their families! What about making the landlords furnish these radios? You don't even make them furnish smoke detectors, so why should they furnish a radio? Lawmakers are so out of touch with reality, it isn't even funny! All you do is sit in your fancy offices making laws that sound good, but NEVER do you put the MONEY where your mouth's are! Think BEFORE you ACT! The idea is good, but it is not fair! Manatory laws with money isn't fair! You do it to schools, now your are doing it to private citizens!
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Feb 13, 2008 at 07:01 AM
    Isn't there a law that states mobilr homes must be secured to the ground to prevent damage from winds and storms? Now a law for a radio. How about a weatherman in every trailer..paid for by the tax payers of the state of course.
  • by Joe Location: Berry on Feb 13, 2008 at 05:32 AM
    I would support this it is a great Idea.During these storms sattilite and cable goes out and this would be a very useful tool I bought one after this last storm
  • by Virgil Location: Richmond/Irvine on Feb 12, 2008 at 10:51 PM
    Novel Idea but a fruitless one as people would just turn them off just the same as they would turn the tv channel from TG or CB when giving a live warning just to watch a sitcom. You want to really make a difference Force ALL Trailer parks to have underground community shelters. Also require each park to be set up with an Air Raid siren so that there are no excuses. And I propose legislation to make parents legally responsible when their child is killed in a storm while the child is in their posession and they live in a trailer. Of course all this would be my train of thought if I were to try to make the government pass legislation on my beliefs.

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