THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

989

THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2023

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to unmanned aircraft systems.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the proliferation of unmanned aircraft systems, commonly called drones, has led to privacy and public safety concerns for individuals, especially when the drones are flown over their property. The legislature further finds that Hawaii's laws do not adequately address these situations and that some states have enacted laws that prohibit trespassing on private property with a drone, including Louisiana, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The purpose of this Act is to prohibit trespass with an unmanned aircraft system, with exceptions.

SECTION 2. Chapter 711, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"711-   Trespass with an unmanned aircraft system; penalty. (1) A person commits the offense of trespass with an unmanned aircraft system if the person intentionally causes an unmanned aircraft system to:

(a) Enter the property of another and come within fifty feet of a dwelling to coerce, intimidate, or harass another person or, after having been given actual notice to desist, for any other reason; or

(b) Take off or land in violation of current Federal Aviation Administration special security instructions or UAS security sensitive airspace restrictions.

(2) This section shall not apply to any person who causes an unmanned aircraft system to enter the property as specified in subsection (1) if consent was given to the entry by any person with legal authority to consent or by any person who is lawfully present on the property, or if the person was authorized by the federal regulations to operate an unmanned aircraft system and was operating the system in an otherwise lawful manner and consistent with federal regulations.

(3) Violation of trespass with an unmanned aircraft system is a misdemeanor."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Drones; Unmanned Aircraft System; Trespass; Penalty

 

Description:

Prohibits trespass with an unmanned aircraft system, with exceptions. Establishes a penalty.

 

 

 

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