SENATOR GREG BALL TO INTRODUCE UNMANNED AIRCRAFT LEGISLATION

 

    Albany, N.Y. – 1/22/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, will introduce a bill that will allow the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for both commercial and law enforcement use in New York State with heavy restrictions.

    Senator Ball’s bill will create specific lawful uses for unmanned aircraft, including use in airspace designated as an FAA test site and use in connection with a valid search warrant. Senator Ball’s will also prevent unmanned aircraft from being improperly used by individuals, organizations, businesses and state agencies. The bill will create two new crimes, the illegal use of an unmanned aircraft to capture images and the offense of possessing or distributing the image.

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International issued a report in March of 2013 that showed in the first three years of integration, unmanned aircraft systems, will create more than 70,000 jobs in the United States including an economic impact of more than $13.6 billion. It is predicted that this benefit will grow to more than 100,000 jobs created and an economic impact of $82 billion in 2025.

    The report goes on to say, “while we project more than 100,000 new jobs by 2025, states that create favorable regulatory and business environments for the industry and the technology will likely siphon jobs away from states that do not.”

    Senator Greg Ball will introduce a bill that is industry friendly and aims to bring these new jobs to New York State, but that includes important regulations and restrictions to protect New York State residents from unwarranted surveillance.

    “This is an amazing piece of technology that will change the way we operate on a daily basis. While this technology presents vast benefits, we must ensure that we protect the public safety and privacy of our residents. Formulating the proper legislation and regulations now will be critical in protecting our rights and freedoms,” said Senator Greg Ball. “The legislation I am introducing will allow for the limited commercial use of these unmanned aircraft systems putting New York State at the forefront of this job creating technology, while also creating very specific rules and regulations to keep New Yorkers safe and their privacy secure.”

    New York State was recently named by the Federal Aviation Administration as one of the six states to develop a site to test unmanned aircraft, commonly known as drones, at the Griffiss International Airport in Rome NY.

    For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796

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