|Introduced in House||Passed House||Introduced in Senate||Passed Senate||Became Law|
Unmanned aerial systems; political subdivision may regulate take-off and landing of system, etc.
Authorizes a political subdivision to adopt time, place, or manner restrictions regarding the takeoff or landing of unmanned aerial systems on property owned by the political subdivision.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That � 15.2-926.3 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
� 15.2-926.3. Local regulation of certain aircraft.
A. No political subdivision may regulate the use of a privately owned, unmanned aircraft system as defined in � 19.2-60.1 within its boundaries.
B. Notwithstanding the prohibition of subsection A, a political subdivision may, by ordinance or regulation, regulate the take-off and landing of an unmanned aircraft system on property owned by the political subdivision. Such ordinance or regulation shall be developed and authorized in accordance with the rules and regulations promulgated by the Virginia Department of Aviation (the Department). The political subdivision shall report to the Department any ordinance or regulation adopted pursuant to this section, and the Department shall publish and update annually on its website, and any other website the Department deems appropriate, a summary of any such ordinance or regulation adopted.
C. Nothing in this section shall permit a person to go or enter upon land owned by a political subdivision solely because he is in possession of an unmanned aircraft system if he would not otherwise be permitted entry upon such land.
D. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit (i) the take-off or landing of an unmanned aircraft system by a commercial operator in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, or as deemed reasonable or necessary by private or public entities for emergency or maintenance support functions or services, including the protection and maintenance of public or private critical infrastructure; (ii) the landing of an unmanned aircraft system by an operator in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations as deemed reasonable or necessary by the operator in the event of a technical malfunction of an unmanned aircraft system; or (iii) the take-off or landing of an unmanned aircraft system being operated by a sworn public safety officer in the performance of his duties.
2. That the provisions of this act amending � 15.2-926.3 of the Code of Virginia shall become effective on January 1, 2021.
3. That by January 1, 2021, the Virginia Department of Aviation, in consultation with representatives of the unmanned aircraft system industry, localities, and other stakeholders, shall develop rules and regulations specific to take-offs and landings pursuant to the provisions of this act. Such rules and regulations shall be in accordance with federal rules and regulations and shall include a process for adoption of an ordinance or regulation, exemptions to the ordinance or regulation, political subdivision training, and notification requirements.
|01/31/2020||House||House: VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N)|
|01/27/2020||House||House: Incorporates HB311 (Gooditis)|
|01/27/2020||House||House: Incorporates HB1227 (LaRock)|
|01/27/2020||House||House: Reported from Communications, Technology and Innovation with substitute (22-Y 0-N)|
|01/27/2020||House||House: Committee substitute printed 20106234D-H1|
|01/22/2020||House||House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)|
|01/16/2020||House||House: Assigned CT & I sub: Technology and Innovation|
|01/06/2020||House||House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102308D|
|01/06/2020||House||House: Referred to Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation|