CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is expected to consider H.R. 320, on the House floor on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN) on January 8, 2009.
H.R. 320 requires the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to issue a final order establishing federal manufactured home construction and safety standards within 90 days of enactment of this legislation. The legislation amends the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 to require such standards to require each manufactured home delivered for sale to be supplied with a weather radio: (1) capable of broadcasting emergency information relating to local weather conditions; (2) equipped with a tone alarm and Specific Alert Message Encoding, or SAME technology; and (3) compliant with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Standard 2009-A Performance Specification for Public Alert Receivers (or its current revision). The bill shields from liability the operator, owner, or employee of a mobile home community, or the mobile home manufacturer, with respect to any reminder, assistance, or instructions the community operator provides concerning the functionality of a manufactured home's weather radio or smoke detector.
A CBO cost estimate of H.R. 320 is not yet available.