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HB17-1070: Study Drone Use By Public Safety Agencies

Privacy & Technology
Bill Number: HB17-1070
Year: 2017
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: J. Wilson / D. Coram / K. Donovan


The bill requires the center of excellence (center) within the
division of fire prevention and control within the department of public
safety (department) to conduct a study concerning the integration of
unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) within state and local government
operations that relate to public safety. At a minimum, the study must:
• Identify the most feasible and readily available ways to
integrate UAS technology within local and state
government functions relating to public safety; and
• Include consideration of privacy concerns, costs, and
timeliness of deployment.
The bill also creates an UAS pilot program (pilot program) to
integrate UAS within state and local government operations that relate to
public safety. The bill requires the center to operate the pilot program.
The division of employment and training within the department of labor
and employment may provide resources for training and development of
eligible candidates of the pilot program.
On or before September 1, 2018, the center shall submit a report
to the wildfire matters review committee and to the judiciary committees
of the house of representatives and senate, or to any successor
committees. The report must address each item of the center’s study, as
well as the results of the pilot program.

Current Status:

Governor Signed (06/05/2017)
Sent to the Governor (05/22/2017)
House Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass (05/05/2017)
First Conference Committee Result was to Adopt Revised w/ Amendments (04/28/2017)
House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Not Concur - Request Conference Committee (04/11/2017)
Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee (04/07/2017)
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/23/2017)
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy (03/17/2017)
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (03/13/2017)
House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations (02/14/2017)
Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (01/17/2017)

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