Virginia: Unfriendly sUAS bills introduced in the General Assembly

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The following House Bills have been introduced in the 2020 Legislative Session regarding sUAS. Please contact your state delegate to oppose these bills.

HB311

A political subdivision may adopt time, place, or manner restrictions regarding the takeoff or landing of unmanned aerial systems on property owned by the political subdivision.

HB742

A political subdivision may adopt time, place, or manner restrictions regarding the takeoff or landing of unmanned aerial systems on property owned by the political subdivision.

HB1227

The language in this one is a bit confusing.

No political subdivision may regulate the use of a privately owned, unmanned aircraft system as defined in § 19.2-60.1 within its boundaries. A political subdivision may adopt reasonable time, place, and manner regulations regarding the takeoff and landing of unmanned aerial systems on property owned by the political subdivision, provided such regulations are narrowly tailored to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Regulation of takeoffs and landings adopted pursuant to this section shall be conspicuously posted.

Takeoff and landing regulations adopted by a political subdivision shall not apply to persons authorized by federal regulations to operate an unmanned aircraft system provided such system is operated in an otherwise lawful manner and consistent with federal regulations.
 

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