senate Bill S6877B

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the offense of aiming a laser at an aircraft

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 16, 2014 recommit, enacting clause stricken
Jun 11, 2014 ordered to third reading cal.1298
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jun 02, 2014 print number 6877b
amend and recommit to codes
May 30, 2014 print number 6877a
amend and recommit to codes
Mar 25, 2014 referred to codes

Votes

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Jun 11, 2014 - Rules committee Vote

S6877B
20
1
committee
20
Aye
1
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
2
Excused
0
Abstained
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Bill Amendments

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B (Active)

S6877 - Details

Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Add §240.64, Pen L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A8236, A8236B
2011-2012: S4083

S6877 - Summary

Establishes the offense of aiming a laser at an aircraft; makes such offense a class A misdemeanor.

S6877 - Sponsor Memo

S6877 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6877

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 25, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes

AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to prohibiting aiming a laser
  at an aircraft

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 240.64 to
read as follows:
S 240.64 AIMING A LASER AT AN AIRCRAFT.
  A PERSON IS GUILTY OF AIMING A LASER AT AN AIRCRAFT  WHEN  HE  OR  SHE
KNOWINGLY AIMS THE BEAM OF A LASER:
  1.  INTO  AIRSPACE  WITH THE INTENT TO TRACK, TARGET OR INTERFERE WITH
AIRCRAFT IN THE SPECIAL AIRCRAFT JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES; OR
  2. AT AN AIRCRAFT, OR IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF AN AIRCRAFT, AND:
  (A) THE CALCULATED OR MEASURED BEAM IRRADIANCE ON THE AIRCRAFT, OR  IN
THE  IMMEDIATE  VICINITY  OF THE AIRCRAFT, EXCEEDS LIMITS SET BY THE FAA
FOR THE FAA-SPECIFIED LASER FLIGHT ZONE (NORMAL, SENSITIVE, CRITICAL, OR
LASER-FREE) WHERE THE AIRCRAFT WAS LOCATED; AND (B) A PILOT IN THE ILLU-
MINATED AIRCRAFT FILES A LASER INCIDENT REPORT WITH THE FAA.
  3. AS USED IN THIS SECTION:
  (A) THE TERM "LASER" SHALL MEAN ANY DEVICE DESIGNED OR USED TO AMPLIFY
ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION BY STIMULATED EMISSION THAT EMITS A BEAM; AND
  (B) THE TERM "FAA" SHALL MEAN THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION.
  4. THIS SECTION DOES NOT PROHIBIT AIMING A LASER BEAM AT AN  AIRCRAFT,
OR IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF AN AIRCRAFT, BY:
  (A)  AN  AUTHORIZED INDIVIDUAL IN THE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOP-
MENT OR FLIGHT TEST OPERATIONS CONDUCTED BY  AN  AIRCRAFT  MANUFACTURER,
THE  FAA,  OR  ANY  OTHER  PERSON  AUTHORIZED BY THE FAA TO CONDUCT SUCH
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OR FLIGHT TEST OPERATIONS; OR
  (B) MEMBERS OR ELEMENTS OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE  OR
THE  UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ACTING IN AN OFFICIAL
CAPACITY FOR THE PURPOSE OF RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT,  OPERATIONS,  TESTING
OR TRAINING; OR

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06065-02-4

S6877A - Details

Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Add §240.64, Pen L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A8236, A8236B
2011-2012: S4083

S6877A - Summary

Establishes the offense of aiming a laser at an aircraft; makes such offense a class A misdemeanor.

S6877A - Sponsor Memo

S6877A - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 6877--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 25, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be  committed  to  the  Committee  on  Codes  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to prohibiting aiming a laser
  at an aircraft

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 240.64  to
read as follows:
S 240.64 AIMING A LASER AT AN AIRCRAFT.
  A  PERSON  IS  GUILTY  OF AIMING A LASER AT AN AIRCRAFT WHEN HE OR SHE
WITH THE INTENT TO INTERFERE WITH SAFE AIR TRAVEL AIMS  THE  BEAM  OF  A
LASER:
  1.  INTO  AIRSPACE  WITH THE INTENT TO TRACK, TARGET OR INTERFERE WITH
AIRCRAFT IN THE SPECIAL AIRCRAFT JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES; OR
  2. AT AN AIRCRAFT, OR IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF AN AIRCRAFT, AND:
  (A) THE CALCULATED OR MEASURED BEAM IRRADIANCE ON THE AIRCRAFT, OR  IN
THE  IMMEDIATE  VICINITY  OF THE AIRCRAFT, EXCEEDS LIMITS SET BY THE FAA
FOR THE FAA-SPECIFIED LASER FLIGHT ZONE (NORMAL, SENSITIVE, CRITICAL, OR
LASER-FREE) WHERE THE AIRCRAFT WAS LOCATED; AND (B) A PILOT IN THE ILLU-
MINATED AIRCRAFT FILES A LASER INCIDENT REPORT WITH THE FAA.
  3. AS USED IN THIS SECTION:
  (A) THE TERM "LASER" SHALL MEAN ANY DEVICE DESIGNED OR USED TO AMPLIFY
ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION BY STIMULATED EMISSION THAT EMITS A BEAM; AND
  (B) THE TERM "FAA" SHALL MEAN THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION.
  4. THIS SECTION DOES NOT PROHIBIT AIMING A LASER BEAM AT AN  AIRCRAFT,
OR IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF AN AIRCRAFT, BY:
  (A)  AN  AUTHORIZED INDIVIDUAL IN THE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOP-
MENT OR FLIGHT TEST OPERATIONS CONDUCTED BY  AN  AIRCRAFT  MANUFACTURER,
THE  FAA,  OR  ANY  OTHER  PERSON  AUTHORIZED BY THE FAA TO CONDUCT SUCH
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OR FLIGHT TEST OPERATIONS; OR
  (B) MEMBERS OR ELEMENTS OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE  OR
THE  UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ACTING IN AN OFFICIAL

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

S6877B (ACTIVE) - Details

Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Add §240.64, Pen L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A8236, A8236B
2011-2012: S4083

S6877B (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes the offense of aiming a laser at an aircraft; makes such offense a class A misdemeanor.

S6877B (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6877B (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 6877--B

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 25, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be  committed  to  the  Committee  on  Codes  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to  said  committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to prohibiting aiming a laser
  at an aircraft

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 240.64 to
read as follows:
S 240.64 AIMING A LASER AT AN AIRCRAFT.
  A PERSON IS GUILTY OF AIMING A LASER AT AN AIRCRAFT  WHEN  HE  OR  SHE
WITH  THE INTENT TO DISRUPT THE SAFE TRAVEL OF AN AIRCRAFT AIMS THE BEAM
OF A LASER:
  1. INTO AIRSPACE WITH THE INTENT TO TARGET OR INTERFERE WITH  AIRCRAFT
IN THE SPECIAL AIRCRAFT JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES; OR
  2. AT AN AIRCRAFT, OR IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF AN AIRCRAFT, AND:
  (A)  THE CALCULATED OR MEASURED BEAM IRRADIANCE ON THE AIRCRAFT, OR IN
THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF THE AIRCRAFT, EXCEEDS LIMITS SET  BY  THE  FAA
FOR THE FAA-SPECIFIED LASER FLIGHT ZONE (NORMAL, SENSITIVE, CRITICAL, OR
LASER-FREE) WHERE THE AIRCRAFT WAS LOCATED; AND (B) A PILOT IN THE ILLU-
MINATED AIRCRAFT FILES A LASER INCIDENT REPORT WITH THE FAA.
  3. AS USED IN THIS SECTION:
  (A) THE TERM "LASER" SHALL MEAN ANY DEVICE DESIGNED OR USED TO AMPLIFY
ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION BY STIMULATED EMISSION THAT EMITS A BEAM; AND
  (B) THE TERM "FAA" SHALL MEAN THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION.
  4.  THIS SECTION DOES NOT PROHIBIT AIMING A LASER BEAM AT AN AIRCRAFT,
OR IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF AN AIRCRAFT, BY:
  (A) AN AUTHORIZED INDIVIDUAL IN THE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH  AND  DEVELOP-
MENT  OR  FLIGHT  TEST OPERATIONS CONDUCTED BY AN AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURER,
THE FAA, OR ANY OTHER PERSON AUTHORIZED  BY  THE  FAA  TO  CONDUCT  SUCH
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OR FLIGHT TEST OPERATIONS; OR

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06065-07-4

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