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PA Senate Judiciary Committee Reports Legislation on Unlawful Use of Unmanned Aircraft (Drones)

PA Senate Judiciary Committee Reports Legislation on Unlawful Use of Unmanned Aircraft (Drones)

We wanted to let you know that the Senate Judiciary Committee met today and reported out House Bill 1346 unanimously.

 

  • House Bill 1346 (Pyle-R) amends Titles 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and 53 (Municipalities Generally), in burglary and other criminal intrusion, defining the offense of unlawful use of unmanned aircraft; and, in preemptions, prohibiting local regulation of unmanned aircraft.

 

  • Status:  Passed House, 190-0, 7/7/2017 – In Senate Judiciary, 7/14/2017

 

  • It amends the Crimes Code providing for the offense of unlawful use of an unmanned aircraft, which occurs when a person intentionally or knowingly uses such a craft to:

 

  • Conduct surveillance of another person in a private place;
  • Operate the craft in a manner that places others in reasonable fear of bodily injury; or
  • Deliver, provide, transmit or furnish contraband to an inmate.

 

  • It exempts individuals who are engaged in the performance of their official duties – including utility or governmental agency employees.

 

  • It also preempts and supersedes any local ordinances regulating ownership or operation of an unmanned aircraft.

 

House Bill 1346 now goes to the full Senate for its consideration.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Thanks,

Erik

 

Erik A. Ross

Senior Associate

Milliron & Goodman Government Relations, LLC.

200 North 3rd Street

Suite 1500

Harrisburg, PA 17101

Phone:  717-232-5322

Cell:  717-574-3963

erik@millirongoodman.com

 

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