Aircraft, certain; local regulation. (SB937)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Local regulation of certain aircraft. Provides that a locality may by ordinance prohibit the use within its boundaries of privately owned, unmanned, autonomous aircraft weighing 55 pounds or less within its boundaries. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102247D
01/08/2015Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/20/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB937)
01/20/2015Stricken at request of Patron in Local Government (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Waldo Jaquith writes:

I'm not sure if it was the intent of Del. Wexton, but this bill specifies "autonomous" aircraft. This is a very rare feature—most quadcopters and similar remote-controlled aircraft only do what their operator tells them to do, using the remote control. (The lone exception is that some will automatically return back to their point of origin before running out of batteries, to avoid crashing.)