State, Local Groups Urge Senate to Support FAA Amendment


NCSL NewsAmendment No. 3558 of the FAA Reauthorization Act Ensures Continued Safe Integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems

Washington, D.C.—The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), National Governors Association (NGA), U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), National League of Cities (NLC), and the National Association of State Aviation Officials(NASAO) today released the following statement urging the members to adopt a bipartisan amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016.

Amendment No. 3558 to H.R. 636 would preserve the balance of federal, state and local regulatory authority to ensure the continued safe integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The amendment was submitted by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and co-sponsored by Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).

“Section 2152 of The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016 broadly and unjustifiably pre-empts state and local authority. It also goes well beyond the basic assertion of the FAA’s authority to regulate the safety of the national airspace system.

“Further, it infringes on traditional state and local powers to protect the basic rights of citizens and address gaps in federal regulations related to UAS. We offer our full support for amendment No. 3558 from Senator Dianne Feinstein to preserve the balance of federal, state and local regulatory authority and ensure the continued safe integration of UAS.”

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.