senate Bill S7474

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Prohibits the hunting or taking of wildlife with the aid of an unmanned aerial vehicle

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May 15, 2014 referred to environmental conservation

S7474 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9697
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง11-0103 & 11-0901, En Con L

S7474 - Bill Texts

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Prohibits the hunting or taking of wildlife with the aid of an unmanned aerial vehicle.

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BILL NUMBER:S7474

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in
relation to prohibiting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the
course of hunting

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To prohibit the use of unmanned aerial
vehicles for hunting or taking of wildlife.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The bill defines the term "unmanned
aerial vehicle" and prohibits the hunting or taking of wildlife with the
aid of an unmanned aerial vehicle.

JUSTIFICATION: UAV hunting would allow hunters to use remote-controlled,
camera-quipped aircraft to locate wildlife in order to shoot and kill
them. Alaska enacted a ban after wildlife officials learned that a moose
was killed by a hunter using a UAV. Colorado and Montana have outlawed
this practice. In addition, Idaho and Wisconsin have included prohibi-
tions into existing regulations. New Mexico, Vermont and Wyoming have
pending rule-making petitions before their wildlife Commissions to ban
this practice.

There is only anecdotal evidence of UAV's being used for hunting, but
the national groups Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and the Humane Soci-
ety of the United States both say they believe that enacting bans now
are important to avoid problems later. Current federal aviation regu-
lations do not allow for the commercial use of UAV's or drones, but
national guidelines are under development. Federal regulators estimate
that as many as 7,500 small commercial drones could be flying within
five years.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: The bill would take effect immediately.

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

                                  7474

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BOYLE  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
  prohibiting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the course of hunt-
  ing

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

  Section 1. Section 11-0103 of the environmental  conservation  law  is
amended by adding a new subdivision 33 to read as follows:
  33.  "UNMANNED  AERIAL  VEHICLE"  MEANS  ANY AIRCRAFT THAT IS OPERATED
WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF DIRECT HUMAN INTERVENTION FROM WITHIN  OR  ON
THE AIRCRAFT.
  S  2. Section 11-0901 of the environmental conservation law is amended
by adding a new subdivision 2-a to read as follows:
  2-A. NO PERSON SHALL HUNT OR TAKE WILDLIFE WITH THE AID OF AN UNMANNED
AERIAL VEHICLE.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15029-01-4

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