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HB16-1020: No Drones Near Airports Or Jails

Criminal Justice
Bill Number: HB16-1020
Year: 2016
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: P. Rosenthal / J. Cooke


A person commits introducing contraband in the first degree if he
or she knowingly and unlawfully operates any unmanned aircraft system
(UAS) within 5 miles of a detention facility with the intent to introduce
or attempt to introduce a dangerous instrument, alcohol or an alcoholic
beverage, a controlled substance, or marijuana or marijuana concentrate
into the detention facility.
A person shall not operate a UAS:
• Within 5 miles of an airport unless the person is authorized
by the airport’s air traffic control tower;
• In a manner that interferes with the operation of manned
• More than 400 feet above the earth’s surface;
• In a manner that is prohibited by any federal law or rule;
• In violation of any temporary flight restriction (TFR) or
notice to airmen (NOTAM) issued by the federal aviation
administration (FAA); or
• In the airspace directly above any detention facility.
A person who violates any of these prohibitions commits a class
1 misdemeanor. These prohibitions do not apply to the operation of a
public UAS operated in compliance with any current and enforceable
authorization granted by the FAA.

Current Status:

House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (01/26/2016)

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