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2019 Senate Bill 129: Let Mackinac Island ban drones

Public Act 32 of 2019

Introduced by Sen. Wayne Schmidt (R) on February 26, 2019
To amend a 2016 law that established a statewide regulatory regime on the commercial and recreational operation of aerial drones, which among other things preempted local governments from banning (but not regulating) drones. The bill would exempt Mackinac Island from the local drone-ban preemption, except for those used by a “newsgatherer licensed by the Federal Communications Commission.” The island would have to apply for a certain “fixed site facility” designation issued by the Federal Aviation Administration.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on February 26, 2019
Reported in the Senate on March 21, 2019
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
To amend a 2016 law that established a statewide regulatory regime on the commercial and recreational operation of aerial drones, which among other things preempted local governments from banning (but not regulating) drones. The bill would exempt Mackinac Island from the local drone-ban preemption, except for those used by a “newsgatherer licensed by the Federal Communications Commission,” insurance claims adjustors, and utility or critical infrastructure maintenance. The island would have to apply for a certain “fixed site facility” designation issued by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Received in the House on April 24, 2019
Referred to the House Transportation Committee on April 24, 2019
Reported in the House on June 4, 2019
Refer to the Committee on Ways and Means with the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted.
Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on June 4, 2019
Reported in the House on June 12, 2019
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-5) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on June 12, 2019
To adopt a version of the bill that narrows its scope to allowing Mackinac Island to prohibit using a drone to scare horses used in commercial operations.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 12, 2019
To amend a 2016 law that established a statewide regulatory regime on the commercial and recreational operation of aerial drones, which among other things preempted local governments from banning (but not regulating) drones. The bill would let Mackinac Island prohibit knowingly using a drone to interfere with the safe use of a horse used by a commercial service. Drones over the island could still be used by a “newsgatherer licensed by the Federal Communications Commission,” by insurance claims adjustors, for utility or critical infrastructure maintenance, and enforcement. The island would have to apply for a certain “fixed site facility” designation issued by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Received in the Senate on June 13, 2019
To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on June 25, 2019

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