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. 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 A5205Mon, 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 ReadingThu, Dec 7th 2017
Transferred to Senate Budget and Appropriations CommitteeThu, Nov 30th 2017
Reported out of Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd ReadingThu, Nov 30th 2017
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety CommitteeMon, Jun 26th 2017