senate Bill S6456

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Relates to prohibiting the unlawful use of a drone

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Jan 13, 2016 referred to codes

S6456 - Details

Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Add §240.80, Pen L

S6456 - Summary

Relates to prohibiting the unlawful use of a drone.

S6456 - Sponsor Memo

S6456 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  6456

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 13, 2016
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MARTINS -- 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  the  unlawful
  use of a drone

  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 240.80  to
read as follows:
S 240.80 UNLAWFUL USE OF A DRONE.
  1.  A PERSON IS GUILTY OF UNLAWFUL USE OF A DRONE WHEN HE OR SHE OPER-
ATES SUCH DRONE IN A MANNER INCONSISTENT WITH HOBBY USE.
  2. AS USED IN THIS SECTION:
 (A) "DRONE" MEANS AN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT WHICH IS OPERATED REMOTELY WITH-
OUT THE POSSIBILITY OF DIRECT HUMAN INTERVENTION FROM WITHIN OR  ON  THE
AIRCRAFT.
  (B) "HOBBY USE" MEANS THE USE OF A DRONE:
  (I) DURING DAYTIME HOURS; AND
  (II)  WITHIN PRIVATELY OWNED AIR SPACE WHOSE OWNER HAS AUTHORIZED SUCH
USE; OR WITHIN PUBLICLY OWNED AIR SPACE AS  AUTHORIZED  BY  LOCAL  ORDI-
NANCE, STATE AND/OR FEDERAL LAW.
  UNLAWFUL USE OF A DRONE IS A CLASS A MISDEMEANOR.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13185-03-5

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