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HB 2012 Drones; moratorium on use of unmanned aircraft systems by state or local government department, etc.
SUMMARY AS ENACTED WITH GOVERNOR'S RECOMMENDATION: (all summaries)
Drones; moratorium. Places a moratorium on the use of unmanned aircraft systems by state and local law enforcement and regulatory entities until July 1, 2015, except in defined emergency situations or in training exercises related to such situations. The moratorium does not apply to certain Virginia National Guard functions or to research and development conducted by institutions of higher education or other research organizations. The bill requires the Department of Criminal Justice Services, in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General and other agencies, to develop protocols for the use of drones by law-enforcement agencies and report its findings to the Governor and the General Assembly by November 1, 2013. The bill incorporates HB 1616 and is identical to SB 1331.