LegiScan data service, provides a real-time legislative tracking service with the ability to easily track a wide array of legislative information by States. Although intuitive, we recommend reviewing a step by step procedure example we created for AMA members by clicking INSTRUCTIONS
The following State Button links will allow AMA clubs and members to identify, track, and monitor legislation on sUAS/Drones/Model-Aircraft in real-time that if passed may negatively impact the operation of model aircraft within each New England state. Click on the state button links below and explore the bills and data from each state.
AMA District I Letters and Documents Sent to State/Local Legislators
Click on the following document numbers to view some of the different types of legislation we have addressed with letters and comments we made in opposition to bills during legislative hearings throughout New England
LETTERS/TESTIMONY LEGISLATION TYPE AGENCY CLICK BILL # (CLICK DATES) (BILL/ORDINANCE) (STATE/CITY) (OR AMENDMENT)
ISSUES - No UAS operations at specified distances from designated "Critical
250 ft. without permission, privacy requirements for permission.
HB-97 with the FAA HR-636 2209 amendments, requires FAA approval for structures/locations to be 01/16/17 designated a "critical infrastructure", eliminates the need for name and address on UAS, but requires a phone number. Operations less than 250 ft. over private property, requires owners permission 01/14/17 as does reasonable expectation of privacy.
ISSUES - Register sUAS with City, Altitude Limit, Conflicts with federal law
01/17/17 STATUS - Passed however, Citizen filed federal lawsuit against city claiming
Federal law preempts the drone ordinance. Singer vs. City of Newton - Constitutionality of State Statute -
09/18/16 Case# 1:2017cv10071.
ISSUES - Exclusive State and RI Airport Corp. authority to regulate UAS.
02/13/16 STATUS - Passed July 1, 2016 however, regulatory authority subject to federal law.
SUPPORTING DOCS - AMA and FAA additional presentation notes.
ISSUES - UAS registration, operations limited within miles of airports and schools. Privacy limitations.
STATUS - Held for further study April 26, 2016.
ISSUES - Limits UAS flight altitudes to 100 ft. AGL. Requires $1 million in liability insurance.
STATUS - Dead January 29, 2016.
01/29/16 ADDITIONAL - Testimony
08/09/15 TOWN RESOLUTION - Flying site acquisition - Selectmen – Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
ISSUES - Town Conservation controlled use of property neighbor's farm customer noise and safety issue.
STATUS - Permit issued July 1, 2015 for R/C flying on selected days and times.
08/09/15 SUPPORTING documents - AMA Safety Programming and enforcement, risk mitigation and passive use.
ISSUES - Exclusive State authority to restrict flying within miles of airports, parks, schools, ponds,
government agencies and private property.
STATUS - Held for further study March 31, 2015.
ISSUES - 11 member commission without representation from the hobby/AMA community.
STATUS - Passed to make recommendations for the regulation of drones in Rhode Island, and reports
back to House by Jan. 6, 2016 and expires on April 6, 2016.
ISSUES - No person may operate drones below 400 ft. within 5 miles of airports in N.H. Privacy restrictions.
STATUS - Dead January 8, 2015.
06/21/14 STATE POLICY - FAA Permission required to fly any UAS in R.I. - Airport Commission - Rhode Island
ISSUES - Excluded all flying of UAS including hobbyist without FAA permission.
STATUS - After discussion with AMA district VP, policy restriction for recreational UAS flying was dropped.
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