Legislation containing drone regulation recommendations from a 2016 task force has unanimously passed the House Communications and Technology Committee.

The package of bills was sent to the full house last week and contains recommendations from the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force.

HB 5494 would establish a drone as an extension of the individual operating it if used to commit a crime, like delivering contraband to a prison via drone. HB 5496 would task the existing Michigan Aeronautics Commission with providing education and information to various departments, the public, law enforcement and other entities. And under HB 5497, a drone operate would be prohibited from knowingly interfering with the work of corrections officers.


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