senate Bill S7418A

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the offense of directing a laser at an aircraft

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Archive: Last Bill Status Via A8236 - Signed by Governor


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jul 22, 2014 signed chap.98
Jul 11, 2014 delivered to governor
Jun 19, 2014 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1303
substituted for s7418a
Jun 19, 2014 substituted by a8236c
Jun 16, 2014 amended on third reading (t) 7418a
Jun 11, 2014 ordered to third reading cal.1303
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 14, 2014 referred to codes

Co-Sponsors

S7418 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8236C
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§240.76 & 240.77, Pen L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S4083

S7418 - Summary

Establishes the crimes of directing a laser at an aircraft in the second and first degree; makes such crimes a class A misdemeanor or a class E felony, respectively.

S7418 - Sponsor Memo

S7418 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  7418

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 14, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- 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.
                                                           LBD06065-01-3

Co-Sponsors

S7418A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8236C
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§240.76 & 240.77, Pen L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S4083

S7418A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes the crimes of directing a laser at an aircraft in the second and first degree; makes such crimes a class A misdemeanor or a class E felony, respectively.

S7418A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7418A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 7418--A
    Cal. No. 1303

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 14, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. SANDERS, GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes -- commit-
  tee discharged and said bill committed to the Committee  on  Rules  --
  ordered  to  a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining
  its place in the order of third reading

AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to the offense of directing 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 two new sections 240.76
and 240.77 to read as follows:
S 240.76 DIRECTING A LASER AT AN AIRCRAFT IN THE SECOND DEGREE.
  A PERSON IS GUILTY OF DIRECTING A LASER AT AN AIRCRAFT IN  THE  SECOND
DEGREE  WHEN,  WITH INTENT TO DISRUPT SAFE AIR TRAVEL, HE OR SHE DIRECTS
THE BEAM OF A LASER:
  1.  ONTO A SPECIFIC AIRCRAFT INTENDING TO THEREBY DISRUPT OR INTERFERE
WITH SUCH AIRCRAFT IN THE SPECIAL AIRCRAFT JURISDICTION  OF  THE  UNITED
STATES; OR
  2.  IN  THE  IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF AN AIRCRAFT IN THE SPECIAL AIRCRAFT
JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES, 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  DIRECTING  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,

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

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