Aircraft, certain; local regulation. (SB937)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

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 »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

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

Comments

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.)