Drones in the news
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HB 4066 - modifies definitions related UAS and makes it a class A misdemeanor to operate a weaponized UAS. It also creates the offense of reckless interference with an aircraft through certain uses of UAS. The law regulates the use of drones by public bodies, including requiring policies and procedures for the retention of data. It also prohibits the use of UAS near critical infrastructure, including correctional facilities.
SB 5702 - specifies the fees for registration of public UAS.
Oregon Revised Statute 837.360 (2013 and amended 2016) - prohibits weaponization of UAS and requires law enforcement to register UAS with Oregon Department of Aviation.
On June 24, 2013 the Oregon Legislative Assembly adopted House Bill (HB) 2710 (download below). This is an act relating to drones; and declaring an emergency.
On May 18, 2015, Oregon Legislative assembly passed House Bill (HB) 2534 (download below) into law in Chapter 61, which went into effect January 1, 2016. This is an act relating to the regulation of drones by the State Fish and Wildlife Commission.
HB 2534 requires the development of rules prohibiting the use of UAS for angling, hunting, trapping, or interfering with a person who is lawfully angling, trapping, or hunting.
On June 15, 2015, Oregon Legislative assembly passed House Bill (HB) 2354 (download below) into law in Chapter 315, which went into effect January 1, 2016. This is an act relating to unmanned aerial systems; amending ORS 837.300, 837.310, 837.320, 837.330, 837.335, 837.340, 837.345, 837.360, 837.365, 837.375, 837.380, 837.385 and 837.995.
HB 2354 changes the term "drone" to "unmanned aircraft system" in statute.
HB 3047 - modifies the law prohibiting UAS weaponization, making it a class C felony to fire a bullet or projectile from a weaponized UAS. It becomes a class B felony if serious physical injury is caused to another person. The law also creates an exceptions if the UAS is used to release a nonlethal projectile other than to injury or kill people or animals, if the UAS is used in compliance with specific authorization from the FAA, if notice is provided at least five days in advance to the state police and department of aviation, is reasonable notice is provided to the public regarding the time and location for the specified operation of the UAS, and if the operator maintains at least $1 million in insurance coverage for injury. UAS may be used by law enforcement to reconstruct an accident scene. The law also prohibits the use of UAS over private property in a manner that intentionally, knowingly or recklessly harasses of annoys the owner or occupant of the property. It specifies that this does not apply to law enforcement and a violation is a class B violation. It is a class A violation if it is a second conviction and a class B misdemeanor if it is a third or subsequent conviction.
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