S.3370. Regulates and prohibits certain operation of drones.

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                    Senate Bill No. 3370 (1R) of 2017 regulates and prohibits the operation of unmanned aircraft systems, commonly referred to as drones, under certain circumstances.

      It will be a disorderly persons offense to operate a drone: 1) knowingly or intentionally in a manner that endangers the life or property of another; 2) to take or assist in the taking of wildlife; and 3) while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, a narcotic, hallucinogenic, or habit-producing drug or with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more by weight of alcohol.  Disorderly persons offenses are punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to six months, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.
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                          It will be a fourth degree crime for a person to knowingly or intentionally: 1) create or maintain a condition that endangers the safety or security of a correctional facility by operating a drone on the premises of or in close proximity to the facility; and 2) operate a drone in a manner that interferes with a first responder who is actively engaged in response or air, water, vehicular, ground, or specialized transport.  Fourth degree crimes are punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 18 months, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.

      It will be a third degree crime for a person to knowingly operate a drone to conduct surveillance of or gather information about a correctional facility.  Third degree crimes are punishable by a term of imprisonment of three to five years, a fine of up to $15,000, or both.

      Moreover, it will be a violation of a restraining order or any other court order restraining contact with a person or location for a person who is subject to that order to operate a drone within a distance of a person or location that would violate the order.

      In addition, a special sentence of parole supervision for life may include reasonable conditions prohibiting or restricting a person’s operation of a drone in order to reduce the likelihood or recurrence of criminal or delinquent behavior.

      Finally, the bill preempts any law, ordinance, resolution, or regulation adopted by a county or municipality concerning the private use of a drone that is inconsistent with the bill’s provisions.

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  • Substituted for A5205

    Mon, Jan 8th 2018
  • Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (65-0-0)

    Mon, Jan 8th 2018
  • Passed Senate (39-0)

    Thu, Dec 7th 2017
  • Received in the Assembly without Reference, 2nd Reading

    Thu, Dec 7th 2017
  • Transferred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee

    Thu, Nov 30th 2017
  • Reported out of Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading

    Thu, Nov 30th 2017
  • Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee

    Mon, Jun 26th 2017