Unmanned aircraft; political subdivision may regulate take-off and landing of system, etc. (HB742)

Introduced By

Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patrons Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke), and Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Local regulation of unmanned aircraft. Authorizes a political subdivision, by ordinance or regulation, to regulate the take-off or landing of certain unmanned aircraft on property owned by the political subdivision in accordance with the rules and regulations adopted by the Department of Aviation. The bill requires the locality to report the ordinance or regulation to the Department and directs the Department to publish a summary on the locality's website. The bill also directs the Department, by January 1, 2021, to develop rules and regulations specific to take-offs and landings in consultation with representatives of the unmanned aircraft system industry, small and medium-sized businesses utilizing unmanned aircraft systems, localities, and other stakeholders. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021. This bill incorporates HB 311 and HB 1227. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102308D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation
01/11/2020Impact statement from DHCD (HB742)
01/16/2020Assigned CT & I sub: Technology and Innovation
01/18/2020Impact statement from DHCD (HB742)
01/22/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/27/2020Committee substitute printed 20106234D-H1
01/27/2020Incorporates HB311 (Gooditis)
01/27/2020Incorporates HB1227 (LaRock)
01/27/2020Reported from Communications, Technology and Innovation with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Read first time
01/30/2020Read second time
01/30/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106234D-H1
01/30/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB742H1
01/31/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/31/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2020Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/17/2020Reported from Local Government with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Committee substitute printed 20108316D-S1
02/18/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Read third time
02/19/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/19/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108316D-S1
02/19/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB742S1
02/19/2020Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Placed on Calendar
02/21/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108316D-S1 (96-Y 0-N)
02/21/2020VOTE: Adoption (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB742ER)
02/27/2020Signed by Speaker
02/27/2020Signed by President
03/05/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 6, 2020
03/05/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 5, 2020
03/05/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 345 (effective 1/1/21)
03/12/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0345)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB311.