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2017 House Bill 4063: Ban aiming a “directed energy device” at an aircraft
Introduced by Rep. Laura Cox (R) on January 24, 2017 To make it a crime to intentionally aim a beam of directed energy from a directed energy device at or into path of an aircraft, with violators subject to a $10,000 fine and five years in prison. The bill defines "directed energy device" as one that “emits highly focused energy and is capable of transferring that energy to a target to damage or interfere with its operation”.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Law and Justice Committee on January 24, 2017
Reported in the House on March 7, 2017 Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Passed 107 to 1 in the House on March 16, 2017.
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(same description)
To make it a crime to intentionally aim a beam of directed energy from a directed energy device at or into path of an aircraft, with violators subject to a $10,000 fine and five years in prison. The bill defines "directed energy device" as one that “emits highly focused energy and is capable of transferring that energy to a target to damage or interfere with its operation”.
Received in the Senate on March 21, 2017
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 21, 2017

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