AL H.B. 471

3/23/16AlabamaUnmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)(H) Read for the first time and referred to the House Committee on Technology and Research T&RThis bill would create the Alabama Unmanned 9 Aircraft Systems Act to prohibit the use of an 10 unmanned aircraft system to fly over certain 11 designated manufacturing and commercial facilities 12 without permission of the owner of the facility, to 13 harass persons who are hunting and fishing, or to 14 use the system to aid in hunting or fishing, would 15 provide criminal penalties for violations, and 16 would authorize injunctive relief. 17 This bill would provide criminal penalties 18 for using an unmanned aircraft system to disrupt 19 the operation of a manned flight or motor vehicles 20 on roadways, would prohibit the sale, transport, 21 manufacture, or possession of a system equipped 22 with a weapon, or to interfere with law enforcement 23 officers or certain emergency medical 24 professionals. 25 This bill also would prohibit governmental 26 agencies from using unmanned aircraft systems to 27 gather evidence or other information, except under certain conditions, and would authorize the 2 initiation of a civil action by persons injured by 3 violations. 4 Amendment 621 of the Constitution of Alabama 5 of 1901, now appearing as Section 111.05 of the 6 Official Recompilation of the Constitution of 7 Alabama of 1901, as amended, prohibits a general 8 law whose purpose or effect would be to require a 9 new or increased expenditure of local funds from 10 becoming effective with regard to a local 11 governmental entity without enactment by a 2/3 vote 12 unless: it comes within one of a number of 13 specified exceptions; it is approved by the 14 affected entity; or the Legislature appropriates 15 funds, or provides a local source of revenue, to 16 the entity for the purpose. 17 The purpose or effect of this bill would be 18 to require a new or increased expenditure of local 19 funds within the meaning of the amendment. However, 20 the bill does not require approval of a local 21 governmental entity or enactment by a 2/3 vote to 22 become effective because it comes within one of the 23 specified exceptions contained in the amendment. 24 25DefeatedSells