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Full Text of SB0044  99th General Assembly


Rep. Brandon W. Phelps

Filed: 4/30/2015





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 44 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Unmanned Aerial System Oversight Task Force Act.
6    Section 5. Purpose. The use of drones is becoming more
7common in everyday applications both commercially and
8privately. It is clear that increased drone use creates
9emerging conflicts and challenges to providing guidance into
10the safe operation of drones, while not infringing upon the
11constitutional rights of others. It is necessary to establish a
12task force to provide oversight and input in creating
13comprehensive laws and rules for the operation and use of drone
14technology within this State, subject to federal oversight and



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1    Section 10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
2    "Task Force" means the Unmanned Aerial System Oversight
3Task Force.
4    "Unmanned Aerial System" or "UAS" means an unmanned aerial
5vehicle or drone.
6    Section 15. The Unmanned Aerial System Task Force.
7    (a) There is hereby created the Unmanned Aerial System
8Oversight Task Force to study and make recommendations for the
9operation, usage, and regulation of Unmanned Aerial Systems,
10commonly referred to as "drone" technology, within this State.
11    (b) Within 90 days after the effective date of this Act
12members of the Task Force shall be appointed by the Governor
13and shall consist of one member from each of the following
14agencies or interest groups:
15        (1) a member of the Division of Aeronautics of the
16    Department of Transportation, nominated by the Secretary
17    of Transportation;
18        (2) a member of the Department of State Police,
19    nominated by the Director of State Police;
20        (3) a Conservation Police officer of the Department of
21    Natural Resources, nominated by the Director of Natural
22    Resources;
23        (4) a member of the Department of Agriculture,
24    nominated by the Director of Agriculture;
25        (5) a member of the Department of Commerce and Economic



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1    Opportunity, nominated by the Director of Commerce and
2    Economic Opportunity;
3        (6) a UAS technical commercial representative;
4        (7) a UAS manufacturing industry representative;
5        (8) a person nominated by the Attorney General;
6        (9) a member of the Illinois Conservation Police Lodge,
7    nominated by the president of the Lodge;
8        (10) a member of a statewide sportsmen's federation,
9    nominated by the president of the federation;
10        (11) a member of a statewide agricultural association,
11    nominated by the president of the association;
12        (12) a member of a statewide commerce association,
13    nominated by the president or executive director of the
14    association;
15        (13) a person nominated by an electric utility company
16    serving retail customers in this State;
17        (14) a member of the Illinois National Guard, nominated
18    by the Adjutant General;
19        (15) a member of a statewide retail association,
20    nominated by the president of the association;
21        (16) a member of a statewide manufacturing trade
22    association, nominated by the president or chief executive
23    officer of the association; and
24        (17) a member of a statewide property and casualty
25    insurance association, nominated by the president or chief
26    executive officer of the association.



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1    (c) Nominations to the Task Force must be submitted to the
2Governor within 60 days of the effective date of this Act. The
3Governor shall make the appointments within 30 days after the
4close of nominations. The term of the appointment shall be
5until submission of the report of comprehensive
6recommendations under subsection (g) of this Section. The
7member from the Division of Aeronautics of the Department of
8Transportation shall chair the Task Force and serve as a
9liaison to the Governor and General Assembly. Meetings of the
10Task Force shall be held as necessary to complete the duties of
11the Task Force. Meetings of the Task Force shall be held in the
12central part of the State.
13    (d) The members of the Task Force shall receive no
14compensation for serving as members of the Task Force.
15    (e) The Task Force shall consider commercial and private
16uses of drones, landowner and privacy rights, as well as
17general rules and regulations for safe operation of drones, and
18prepare comprehensive recommendations for the safe and lawful
19operation of UAS in this State.
20    (f) The Department of Transportation shall provide
21administrative support to the Task Force.
22    (g) The Task Force shall submit a report with
23recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly no later
24than July 1, 2016.
25    Section 20. Expiration. This Act is repealed on September



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11, 2016.
2    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
3becoming law.".