|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 03, 2018||referred to codes|
|Jun 21, 2017||recommitted to rules|
|Jun 05, 2017||ordered to third reading cal.1410|
committee discharged and committed to rules
|Jan 11, 2017||referred to codes|
senate Bill S1979
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Codes Committee
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S1979 (ACTIVE) - Details
S1979 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S1979 TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the penal law, in relation to unlawful use of a drone PURPOSE : This bill creates the crime of unlawful use of a drone. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section one of the bill amends section 240.00 of the penal as it relates to the definitions of drone, restricted airspace and personal use. Section two of the bill amends the penal law by adding a new section 240.80 as it relates to creating the crime of unlawful use of a drone. During personal use, an individual is guilty of unlawful use of an unmanned aircraft when operating an aircraft more than 400 feet above ground level or weighing more than 10 pounds. In addition, an individual is guilty of unlawful use if an unmanned aircraft is used without a visual line of sight, within a restricted airspace, in a reckless manner, in a manner intended to harass or annoy, or below one hundred feet above ground level on private property without the owner's consent. Unlawful use of an unmanned aircraft is a violation.
S1979 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1979 2017-2018 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 11, 2017 ___________ Introduced by Sen. COMRIE -- 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 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. Section 240.00 of the penal law is amended by adding three new subdivisions 7, 8 and 9 to read as follows: 7. "DRONE" MEANS AN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT WHICH IS OPERATED REMOTELY WITH- OUT THE POSSIBILITY OF DIRECT HUMAN INTERVENTION FROM WITHIN OR ON THE AIRCRAFT. 8. "RESTRICTED AIRSPACE" MEANS ANY AIRSPACE OVER THE PROPERTY OF A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY AS DEFINED IN SECTION FORTY OF THE CORRECTION LAW OR AIRSPACE WITHIN FIVE MILES OF AN AIRPORT. 9. "PERSONAL USE" MEANS THE OPERATION OF A DRONE SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF PLEASURE OR RECREATION. § 2. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 240.80 to read as follows: § 240.80 UNLAWFUL USE OF A DRONE. A PERSON IS GUILTY OF UNLAWFUL USE OF A DRONE WHEN DURING THE PERSONAL USE OF SUCH DRONE, EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY FEDERAL LAW, HE OR SHE KNOWINGLY OPERATES A DRONE: 1. MORE THAN FOUR HUNDRED FEET ABOVE GROUND LEVEL; OR 2. WEIGHING MORE THAN TEN POUNDS; OR 3. WITHOUT A VISUAL LINE OF SIGHT OF SUCH AIRCRAFT; OR 4. WITHIN A RESTRICTED AIRSPACE; OR 5. IN A RECKLESS MANNER WHEREIN SUCH OPERATION CREATES A RISK OF HARM TO THE PUBLIC; OR 6. WITH THE INTENT TO HARASS OR ANNOY AN INDIVIDUAL OR INDIVIDUALS; OR 7. BELOW ONE HUNDRED FEET ABOVE GROUND LEVEL ON PRIVATE PROPERTY WITH- OUT THE OWNER'S CONSENT. UNLAWFUL USE OF A DRONE IS A VIOLATION. § 3. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed- ing the date upon which it shall have become a law.
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