Sarah Nilsson, JD, PhD, MAS
Sarah Nilsson, JD, PhD, MAS

Michigan Drone Laws

 

HB 4866

HB 4867

HB 4868

HB 5026

HB 5027

HB 5148

SB 432

SB 433

SB 487

SB 488

SB 549

 

SB 992 - creates the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act. Prohibits localities from regulating UAS, except when the regulated drone belongs to the locality. It specifically permits commercial operation in the state if the operator is authorized by the FAA to operate commercially and permits hobby operation so long as the operator complies with federal law. The law prohibits using a drone in a way that interferes with emergency personnel and it also prohibits the use of a drone to harass an individual, to violate a restraining order, or to capture images in a way that invades an individual's reasonable expectation of privacy. The law also prohibits sex offenders from using a drone to follow, contact or photograph a person that they are prohibited from contacting. Anyone who uses a drone in a prohibited way is guilty of a misdemeanor. The law also creates the unmanned aircraft systems task force to "develop statewide policy recommendations on the operation, use, and regulation" of UAS in the state. It specifies the members of the task force, the length of appointment and other specifics related to the task force. 

 

East Lansing City Council Ordinance No 1369

 

On April 14, 2015 the Governor of Michigan signed Senate Bill (SB) 54 (download below) into Public Act 12 of 2015, effective July 13, 2015. Public Law 12 is an act to amend 1994 PA 451, entitled “An act to protect the environment and natural resources of the state; to codify, revise, consolidate, and classify laws relating to the environment and natural resources of the state; to regulate the discharge of certain substances into the environment; to regulate the use of certain lands, waters, and other natural resources of the state; to protect the people’s right to hunt and fish; to prescribe the powers and duties of certain state and local agencies and officials; to provide for certain charges, fees, assessments, and donations; to provide certain appropriations; to prescribe penalties and provide remedies; and to repeal acts and parts of acts,” by amending sections 40112 and 48703a (MCL 324.40112 and 324.48703a), section 40112 as amended by 1996 PA 316 and section 48703a as amended by 2014 PA 281. 

SB 54 prohibits using UAS to interfere with or harass an individual who is hunting.

2015-PA-0012.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [49.2 KB]

On April 14, 2015 the Governor of Michigan signed Senate Bill (SB) 55 (download below) into Public Law 13 of 2015, which went into effect on July 13, 2015. Public Law 13 is an act to amend 1994 PA 451, entitled “An act to protect the environment and natural resources of the state; to codify, revise, consolidate, and classify laws relating to the environment and natural resources of the state; to regulate the discharge of certain substances into the environment; to regulate the use of certain lands, waters, and other natural resources of the state; to protect the people’s right to hunt and fish; to prescribe the powers and duties of certain state and local agencies and officials; to provide for certain charges, fees, assessments, and donations; to provide certain appropriations; to prescribe penalties and provide remedies; and to repeal acts and parts of acts,” by amending section 40111c (MCL 324.40111c), as added by 2008 PA 301. 

SB 55 prohibits using UAS to take game.

2015-PA-0013.pdf
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House Resolution (HR) 280 - resolution to support and endorse the proposal submitted by the Michigan Advanced Aerial Systems Consortium requesting that Michigan be named one of six federally identified UAS test sites -2013

hr280.docx
Microsoft Word document [162.0 KB]

House Resolution (HR) 87 - resolution to declare April 15, 2013, as Robotics Day in the State of Michigan -2013

HR87.docx
Microsoft Word document [156.3 KB]

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