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AB1670 Summary:

SPONSORZebrowski (MS)
COSPNSRGottfried, Jaffee, Titone, Simotas, Steck, Stirpe, Dinowitz, Mosley, Montesano, McDonough, Gunther, Crouch, Colton, Peoples-Stokes, Galef
MLTSPNSRAbbate, Braunstein, Cook, DenDekker, Glick, Hikind
Amd §240.00, add §240.80, Pen L
Criminalizes the unlawful use of an unmanned aircraft.
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AB1670 Actions:

01/12/2017referred to codes
01/03/2018referred to codes
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AB1670 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 12, 2017
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. ZEBROWSKI, GOTTFRIED, JAFFEE, TITONE, SIMOTAS,
          CROUCH,  COLTON,  PEOPLES-STOKES, GALEF -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of
          A. ABBATE, BRAUNSTEIN, COOK, DenDEKKER, GLICK, HIKIND -- read once and
          referred 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:
     1    Section  1. Section 240.00 of the penal law is amended by adding three
     2  new subdivisions 7, 8 and 9 to read as follows:
     3    7. "Drone" means an unmanned aircraft which is operated remotely with-
     4  out the possibility of direct human intervention from within or  on  the
     5  aircraft.
     6    8.  "Restricted  airspace"  means  any airspace over the property of a
     7  correctional facility as defined in section forty of the correction  law
     8  or airspace within five miles of an airport.
     9    9.  "Personal  use"  means  the  operation  of  a drone solely for the
    10  purpose of pleasure or recreation.
    11    § 2. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 240.80  to  read
    12  as follows:
    13  § 240.80 Unlawful use of a drone.
    14    A person is guilty of unlawful use of a drone when during the personal
    15  use  of  such  drone, except as otherwise provided by federal law, he or
    16  she knowingly operates a drone:
    17    1. more than four hundred feet above ground level; or
    18    2. weighing more than ten pounds; or
    19    3. without a visual line of sight of such aircraft; or
    20    4. within a restricted airspace; or
    21    5. in a reckless manner wherein such operation creates a risk of  harm
    22  to the public; or
    23    6. with the intent to harass or annoy an individual or individuals; or

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    7. below one hundred feet above ground level on private property with-
     2  out the owner's consent.
     3    Unlawful use of a drone is a violation.
     4    § 3. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
     5  ing the date upon which it shall have become a law.
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