Drone Use Regulation
The study examined current and potential drone use regulation in Connecticut. Taking into account emerging interest in and availability of drones, as well as new and changing federal regulation, an analysis of potential state legislative action regarding drone use was made.
The PRI committee approved the study topic at its May 15, 2014, meeting and the study scope on June 25, 2014.
On October 1, 2014, committee staff presented an interim update to PRI. A public hearing for the topic was held the following week on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, along with a panel discussion with invited participants, and a drone demonstration.
On December 11, 2014, staff presented findings and proposed recommendations to the committee for its consideration and action. The committee amended staff proposed recommendations 4 and 7, after which the committee approved the report and recommendations as amended unanimously. The final committee report is available under Products.
In the 2015 legislative session, the PRI committee raised bills based on the drone study, reporting out a single comprehensive bill (sSB 974). The Senate passed sSB 974 on June 2, 2015, but the bill was not taken up by the House.
During the current legislative session (2016), PRI raised and recently reported out a bill based on one of the study’s recommendations: substitute SB 169 (re: outlawing drone weaponization) to the Judiciary Committee.