The list of states pursuing restrictions on the use of unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS (‘drones’) continues to grow. The Academy’s Government Relations Team has been diligently working to continue to update members on the progression of legislation by posting information on an informational map posted on the AMA’s website: https://amablog.modelaircraft.org/amagov/drone-legislation/.
Over the weekend, ten new states were added to the quickly progressing list. These states include Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico and Rhode Island. Wyoming was also added to the map. However, this particular piece of legislation failed in committee on February 25th. Virginia amended and passed its legislation effectively kicking this can down the road by prohibiting the use of unmanned aircraft by government entities until July 2015, presumably until after the final FAA rule for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems is published. Information on the proposed legislation for each state is available by clicking on the state on the map.
For more information about the Academy’s continued advocacy efforts visit: https://www.modelaircraft.org/aboutama/gov.aspx