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2013 SESSION

13105220D
HOUSE BILL NO. 2012
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the Senate Committee for Courts of Justice
on February 13, 2013)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Delegate Cline)
A BILL to regulate public unmanned aircraft.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. 1. A. No state or local agency or organization having jurisdiction over criminal law enforcement or regulatory violations, including but not limited to the Department of State Police, and no department of law enforcement as defined in 15.2-836  of any city, county, or town shall utilize an unmanned aircraft system before July 1, 2015.

B. Notwithstanding the prohibition in subsection A, an unmanned aircraft system may be deployed before July 1, 2015, in an emergency or major disaster as defined in 44-146.16, when an Amber Alert is activated pursuant to 52-34.3, when a Senior Alert is activated pursuant to 52-34.6, when a Blue Alert is activated pursuant to 52-34.9, or during a search and rescue operation if its deployment is necessary to protect life, health, or property. In no case may a weaponized unmanned aircraft system be deployed or its use facilitated by a state or local agency in Virginia.

C. The provisions of this act shall apply to the National Guard of Virginia only when conducting a state law-enforcement mission.