senate Bill S1979

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Criminalizes the unlawful use of an unmanned aircraft

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Actions

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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

Votes

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Jun 5, 2017 - Rules committee Vote

S1979
24
0
committee
24
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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S1979 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1670
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §240.00, add §240.80, Pen L
Versions Introduced in 2015-2016 Legislative Session:
S6306, A3597

S1979 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Criminalizes the unlawful use of an unmanned aircraft.

S1979 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

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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