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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature


00 Enrolled HCR 6                                                                                                          
01 Recognizing the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration at the University                               
02 of Alaska Fairbanks as a national leader in unmanned aircraft research and development; and                             
03 relating to a Task Force on Unmanned Aircraft Systems.                                                                  
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05 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                             
06      WHEREAS the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program at the University of Alaska                                        
07 Fairbanks has, since 2001, been designing payloads and upgrades for unmanned aircraft                                   
08 systems, testing and evaluating their safety and effectiveness, developing and demonstrating                            
09 new uses for various potential users, working with the Federal Aviation Administration to                               
10 make the use of unmanned aircraft systems safe, and developing technology to improve safety                             
11 and is known across the nation for its leadership in advancing the state of the art and the safe                        
12 use of unmanned aircraft systems; and                                                                                   
13      WHEREAS the importance of the program's work to the state was recently                                           
14 recognized by the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska when the regents established                             
15 the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration at the University of Alaska Fairbanks                              
16 to continue research and development of unmanned aircraft systems for the benefit of the                                
01 state; and                                                                                                            
02      WHEREAS the legislature recognizes the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft                                       
03 Systems Integration at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as the state's leader in unmanned                             
04 aircraft systems research, meeting the goals of industry, the Federal Aviation Administration,                          
05 and government operations; and                                                                                          
06      WHEREAS the legislature has provided significant financial support to the Alaska                                 
07 Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to                               
08 further the center's research initiatives, and to increase its capabilities for use as a possible                       
09 Federal Aviation Administration test site; and                                                                          
10      WHEREAS the State of Alaska, the University of Alaska, the Alaska Aerospace                                      
11 Corporation, the Alaska Aviation Safety Project, and other public and private institutions have                         
12 developed cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Federal                               
13 Aviation Administration, the United States Department of the Interior, the United States                                
14 Department of Defense, and others to further advance the research, development, and use of                              
15 technology to benefit and support Alaskans and Americans with the safe use of unmanned                                  
16 aircraft systems; and                                                                                                   
17      WHEREAS Alaska state government and the state's business and research community                                  
18 continue to work with the Federal Aviation Administration to promote the establishment of                               
19 safe unmanned aircraft system ranges onshore and offshore Alaska, which will help establish                             
20 procedures for the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems in the National Airspace                                 
21 System; and                                                                                                             
22      WHEREAS the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, by virtue                                   
23 of being located in Alaska, has access to an area of geographic and climatic diversity where                            
24 the air and surface population density is desirable for conducting research and development of                          
25 unmanned aircraft systems; and                                                                                          
26      WHEREAS the state has the highest per capita use of general aviation activity in the                             
27 nation, and Alaska aviation organizations have helped the Federal Aviation Administration                               
28 develop the next generation of air traffic control for the nation and the world, while making                           
29 major gains for the state's aviation safety in the process; and                                                         
30      WHEREAS unmanned aircraft systems may present a risk to privacy, but neither the                                 
31 Federal Aviation Administration nor any other state or federal agency currently has specific                            
01 statutory authority to regulate privacy matters relating to unmanned aircraft systems;                                  
02      BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature recognizes the Alaska Center                                    
03 for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as a leader                             
04 in aviation pioneering and further recognizes the significant benefit to the state and nation the                       
05 center provides in research and development of unmanned aircraft systems; and be it                                     
06      FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature fully supports the efforts                                    
07 of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration at the University of Alaska                              
08 Fairbanks to become one of the nation's six test sites for unmanned aircraft systems testing                            
09 and research; and be it                                                                                                 
10      FURTHER RESOLVED by the Alaska State Legislature that the Task Force on                                          
11 Unmanned Aircraft Systems is created in the legislative branch and shall consist of seven                               
12 members, who, except for the member from the senate and the member from the house of                                    
13 representatives, shall be appointed jointly by the president of the senate and the speaker of the                       
14 house of representatives, as follows:                                                                                   
15           (1)  one senator selected by the president of the senate, who shall serve as co-                              
16 chair;                                                                                                                  
17           (2)  one representative selected by the speaker of the house of representatives,                              
18 who shall serve as co-chair;                                                                                            
19           (3)  the commissioner of public safety or the commissioner's designee;                                        
20           (4)  the adjutant general of the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs or                              
21 the adjutant general's designee;                                                                                        
22           (5)  a member representing the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems                                    
23 Integration at the University of Alaska Fairbanks;                                                                      
24           (6)  a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics;                                                            
25                  (7)  a member from the state Aviation Advisory Board; and be it                                        
26      FURTHER RESOLVED that a vacancy on the task force shall be filled in the                                         
27 manner of the original appointment; and be it                                                                           
28      FURTHER RESOLVED that the duties of the task force shall include                                                 
29           (1)  reviewing regulations and guidance from the Federal Aviation                                             
30 Administration regarding unmanned aircraft systems;                                                                     
31           (2)  providing written recommendations, together with suggested legislation,                                  
01 for a comprehensive state policy for unmanned aircraft that protects privacy and allows the                             
02 use of unmanned aircraft systems for public and private applications; and                                               
03           (3)  submitting, not later than January 15, 2014, an initial report to the                                    
04 legislature and, not later than July 1, 2014, submitting a final report to the legislature; and be                      
05 it                                                                                                                      
06      FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force may meet as frequently as necessary to                                      
07 carry out its responsibilities; and be it                                                                               
08      FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force may meet during and between legislative                                     
09 sessions and may request administrative and technical support from the University of Alaska                             
10 Fairbanks; and be it                                                                                                    
11      FURTHER RESOLVED that the public members of the task force serve without                                         
12 compensation but are entitled to per diem and travel expenses authorized for boards and                                 
13 commissions under AS 39.20.180; and be it                                                                               
14      FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force terminates on July 1, 2014.                                                 
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