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2016 Senate Bill 992: Regulate drones

Public Act 436 of 2016

Introduced by Sen. Peter MacGregor (R) on May 25, 2016
To authorize the use of aerial drones for commercial purposes in Michigan, if the operator is authorized or licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Recreational use would also be permitted subject to federal rules. The bill would preempt local government restrictions on drone ownership or operation, but allow local regulations on use within their jurisdiction. It would also prohibit improper use of drones, including privacy violations, and authorize misdemeanor penalties. Finally, the bill creates a state commission to develop more detailed rules. See also Senate Bill 917.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on May 25, 2016
Reported in the Senate on October 18, 2016
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on October 19, 2016
To revise details of which interests would be represented on the proposed drone rulemaking commission.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 19, 2016
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on October 19, 2016.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To authorize the use of aerial drones for commercial purposes in Michigan, if the operator is authorized or licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Recreational use would also be permitted subject to federal rules. The bill would preempt local government restrictions on drone ownership or operation, but allow local regulations on use within their jurisdiction. It would also prohibit improper use of drones, including privacy violations, and authorize misdemeanor penalties. Finally, the bill creates a state commission to develop more detailed rules. See also Senate Bill 917.
Received in the House on October 19, 2016
Referred to the House Communications and Technology Committee on October 19, 2016
Reported in the House on November 29, 2016
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R) on December 8, 2016
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 8, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Christine Greig (D) on December 8, 2016
To add a "member of a statewide civil rights or consumer privacy organization" to the proposed rules-writing commission.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 8, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Jon Hoadley (D) on December 8, 2016
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 5726, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 5726 would make it crime to manufacture, sell, possess or use an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) equipped with a weapon.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 8, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. John Chirkun (D) on December 8, 2016
To ban flying a drone within 1,000 feet of a jail, prison or police building.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 8, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R) on December 8, 2016
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 8, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Lee Chatfield (R) on December 13, 2016
To add someone who represents interests on Mackinac Island to the proposed rules-writing commission.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 13, 2016
Passed 103 to 5 in the House on December 13, 2016.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To authorize the use of aerial drones for commercial purposes in Michigan, if the operator is authorized or licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Recreational use would also be permitted subject to federal rules. The bill would preempt local government restrictions on drone ownership or operation, but allow local regulations on use within their jurisdiction. It would also prohibit improper use of drones, including privacy violations, and authorize misdemeanor penalties. Finally, the bill creates a state commission to develop more detailed rules. See also Senate Bill 917.
Received in the Senate on December 13, 2016
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 13, 2016.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on January 3, 2017

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