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2018 House Bill 5494: Clarify drone operator liability for drone crimes

Public Act 444 of 2018

Introduced by Rep. Michele Hoitenga (R) on January 30, 2018
To define unmanned aerial drones as “an extension of the person” for purposes of assigning responsibility for criminal misuse. Bills have been introduced to essentially add "also illegal if done with a drone" provisions to various criminal offenses, and this bill would make that presumption automatic.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Communications and Technology Committee on January 30, 2018
Reported in the House on March 14, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Michele Hoitenga (R) on March 21, 2018
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 5495, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 5495 would ban using a drone to interfere with “key facilities” like refineries, chemical plants, storage tanks, electricity generators, etc.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 21, 2018
Received in the Senate on December 11, 2018
Reported in the Senate on December 11, 2018
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 20, 2018

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