NCSL and Aviation Group Back Amendment to FAA Act

3/15/2016

NCSL NewsJoint Statement Urges Support of Amendment No. 21 to Senate FAA 2016 Reauthorization Act

Washington, D.C.—The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) issued the following statement urging the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to adopt Amendment No. 21, submitted by  U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), to S. 2658, the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2016.

“Section 2142 of The Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2016 (S. 2658) is an overly broad and unjustified pre-emption of state authority. Section 2142 goes well beyond a basic assertion of the FAA’s authority to regulate the safety of the national airspace system. Furthermore, it infringes on traditional state and local powers to protect the basic rights of citizens and address gaps in federal regulations related to unmanned aerial systems (UAS). We offer our full support of Senator Blumenthal’s Amendment 21 striking section 2142.”

Section 2142 fully preempts states from legislating and negates all past legislation that had already been enacted regarding unmanned aerial systems (drones). Amendment #21 would strike the section 2142 from the bill.

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