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30th Legislature(2017-2018)

Bill Text 30th Legislature

00 Enrolled SCR 4                                                                                                          
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 the center's capabilities for use as a                        
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                                    
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, and continued by Legislative Resolve                                
15 60, Twenty-Eighth Alaska State Legislature, has performed the tasks required of it but finds                            
16 that further hearings and research are required to carry out its mission;                                               
17      BE IT RESOLVED by the Alaska State Legislature that the Task Force on                                              
18 Unmanned Aircraft Systems created in the legislative branch in 2013 by Legislative Resolve                              
19 17, Twenty-Eighth Alaska State Legislature, and continued in 2014 by Legislative Resolve                                
20 60, Twenty-Eighth Alaska State Legislature, shall be continued; and be it                                               
21      FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force shall consist of the original seven                                           
22 members and                                                                                                             
23           (1)  the commissioner of transportation and public facilities or the                                          
24 commissioner's designee;                                                                                                
25           (2)  the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development                                        
26 or the commissioner's designee;                                                                                         
27           (3)  one public member who shall be appointed jointly by the president of the                                 
28 senate and the speaker of the house of representatives;                                                                 
29           (4)  two industry representatives who are participants in the unmanned aircraft                               
30 system industry with experience operating unmanned aircraft systems who shall be appointed                              
31 jointly by the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives; and be it                       
01      FURTHER RESOLVED that a vacancy on the task force shall be filled in the                                           
02 manner of the original appointment; and be it                                                                           
03      FURTHER RESOLVED that the duties of the task force shall include                                                   
04           (1)  reviewing regulations and guidance from the Federal Aviation                                             
05 Administration regarding unmanned aircraft systems;                                                                     
06           (2)  providing written recommendations, together with suggested legislation,                                  
07 for a comprehensive state policy for unmanned aircraft that protects privacy and allows the                             
08 use of unmanned aircraft systems for public and private applications;                                                   
09           (3)  evaluating complaints and concerns expressed to the task force;                                          
10           (4)  identifying potential privacy and public safety concerns associated with                                 
11 unmanned aircraft systems and determining whether legislation is necessary to address them;                             
12           (5)  considering recommendations for public education related to unmanned                                     
13 aircraft systems;                                                                                                       
14           (6)  studying the Federal Aviation Administration's "Integration of Civil                                     
15 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System Roadmap," issued                                        
16 November 7, 2013 (1st ed. 2013) and its application to the development of unmanned aircraft                             
17 systems in the state;                                                                                                   
18           (7)  conducting a public hearing concerning privacy and the capture of data by                                
19 unmanned aircraft systems at the University of Alaska's test site;                                                      
20           (8)  further studying the nonpublic use of unmanned aircraft systems to                                       
21 encourage development of the private sector unmanned aircraft system industry; and                                      
22           (9)  further studying and making recommendations with respect to ensuring                                     
23 unmanned aircraft users comply with applicable laws; and be it                                                          
24      FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force may meet as frequently as necessary to                                        
25 carry out its responsibilities; and be it                                                                               
26      FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force may meet during and between legislative                                       
27 sessions and may request administrative and technical support from the University of Alaska                             
28 Fairbanks; and be it                                                                                                    
29      FURTHER RESOLVED that the members of the task force serve without                                                  
30 compensation and are not entitled to per diem or reimbursement of travel expenses; and be it                            
31      FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force terminates on June 30, 2018.                                                  
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