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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature


00 Enrolled HCR 15                                                                                                         
01 Relating to the Task Force on Unmanned Aircraft Systems.                                                                
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03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                             
04      WHEREAS the University of Alaska has been selected by the Federal Aviation                                       
05 Administration to become a test site for unmanned aircraft systems; 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 Federal                         
09 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                                  
01 continue to work with the Federal Aviation Administration to promote the establishment of                               
02 safe unmanned aircraft system ranges onshore and offshore Alaska, which will help establish                             
03 procedures for the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems in the National Airspace                                 
04 System; and                                                                                                             
05      WHEREAS the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, by virtue                                   
06 of being located in Alaska, has access to an area of geographic and climatic diversity where                            
07 the air and surface population density is desirable for conducting research and development of                          
08 unmanned aircraft systems; and                                                                                          
09      WHEREAS the state has the highest per capita use of general aviation activity in the                             
10 nation, and Alaska aviation organizations have helped the Federal Aviation Administration                               
11 develop the next generation of air traffic control for the nation and the world, while making                           
12 major gains for the state's aviation safety in the process; and                                                         
13      WHEREAS the Task Force on Unmanned Aircraft Systems created by Legislative                                       
14 Resolve 17, Twenty-Eighth Alaska State Legislature, has performed the tasks required of it                              
15 but finds that further hearings and research are required to carry out its mission;                                     
16      BE IT RESOLVED by the Alaska State Legislature that the Task Force on                                            
17 Unmanned Aircraft Systems created in the legislative branch in 2013 by Legislative Resolve                              
18 17, Twenty-Eighth Alaska State Legislature, shall be continued; and be it                                               
19      FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force shall consist of the original seven                                         
20 members and                                                                                                             
21           (1)  the commissioner of transportation and public facilities or the                                          
22 commissioner's designee;                                                                                                
23           (2)  the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development                                        
24 or the commissioner's designee;                                                                                         
25           (3)  one public member who shall be appointed jointly by the president of the                                 
26 senate and the speaker of the house of representatives;                                                                 
27           (4)  two industry representatives who are participants in the unmanned aircraft                               
28 system industry with experience operating unmanned aircraft systems who shall be appointed                              
29 jointly by the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives; and be it                       
30      FURTHER RESOLVED that a vacancy on the task force shall be filled in the                                         
31 manner of the original appointment; and be it                                                                           
01      FURTHER RESOLVED that the duties of the task force shall include                                                 
02           (1)  reviewing regulations and guidance from the Federal Aviation                                             
03 Administration regarding unmanned aircraft systems;                                                                     
04           (2)  providing written recommendations, together with suggested legislation,                                  
05 for a comprehensive state policy for unmanned aircraft that protects privacy and allows the                             
06 use of unmanned aircraft systems for public and private applications;                                                   
07           (3)  evaluating complaints and concerns expressed to the task force;                                          
08           (4)  identifying potential privacy and public safety concerns associated with                                 
09 unmanned aircraft systems and determining whether legislation is necessary to address them;                             
10           (5)  considering recommendations for public education related to unmanned                                     
11 aircraft systems;                                                                                                       
12           (6)  studying the Federal Aviation Administration's "Integration of Civil                                     
13 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System Roadmap," issued                                        
14 November 7, 2013 (1st ed. 2013) and its application to the development of unmanned aircraft                             
15 systems in the state;                                                                                                   
16           (7)  conducting a public hearing concerning privacy and the capture of data by                                
17 unmanned aircraft systems at the University of Alaska's test site;                                                      
18           (8)  further studying the nonpublic use of unmanned aircraft systems to                                       
19 encourage development of the private sector unmanned aircraft system industry; and                                      
20           (9)  further studying and making recommendations with respect to ensuring                                     
21 unmanned aircraft users comply with applicable laws; and be it                                                          
22      FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force may meet as frequently as necessary to                                      
23 carry out its responsibilities; and be it                                                                               
24      FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force may meet during and between legislative                                     
25 sessions and may request administrative and technical support from the University of Alaska                             
26 Fairbanks; and be it                                                                                                    
27      FURTHER RESOLVED that the public and industry members of the task force                                          
28 serve without compensation but are entitled to per diem and travel expenses authorized for                              
29 boards and commissions under AS 39.20.180; and be it                                                                    
30      FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force terminates on June 30, 2017.                                                
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