Authority of fire chief over unmanned aircraft systems at a fire, etc.; civil liability. (SB873)

Introduced By

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Authority of fire chief over unmanned aircraft systems at a fire, explosion, or other hazardous situation; civil liability. Authorizes a fire chief or other officer in charge to ban or restrict privately owned unmanned aircraft systems at fires, explosions, or other hazardous situations. The bill provides civil immunity for damages to a public safety agency or an employee of such agency if such an unmanned aircraft system is damaged during a ban or restriction. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/14/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101194D
12/14/2016Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/16/2017Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2017Committee substitute printed 17104285D-S1
01/18/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2017Read second time
01/19/2017Reading of substitute waived
01/19/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17104285D-S1
01/19/2017Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB873S1
01/20/2017Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB873S1)
01/30/2017Placed on Calendar
01/30/2017Read first time
01/30/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2017Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
02/13/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (9-Y 0-N)
02/20/2017Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2017Read second time
02/22/2017Read third time
02/22/2017Committee amendment agreed to
02/22/2017Engrossed by House as amended
02/22/2017Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/22/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2017House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2017Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB873ER)
03/07/2017Signed by Speaker
03/08/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB873ER)
03/10/2017Signed by President
03/13/2017Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/16/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 517 (effective 7/1/17)
03/16/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0517)