HB 205-FN - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 205-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Fields, Belk. 4; Rep. Welch, Rock. 13; Rep. Pantelakos, Rock. 25; Rep. Berube, Straf. 18; Rep. Mangipudi, Hills. 35
COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
644:22 Flying a Drone Above a Correctional Facility.
I. Except as otherwise provided in this section, no person shall fly a drone in the airspace above a state or county correctional facility or a municipal jail. Any person who violates this section shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
II.(a) State, county, or municipal correctional authorities may fly a drone above a correctional facility over which they have control for security purposes.
(b) State, county, or municipal correctional authorities may authorize a request by a person to fly a drone above a correctional facility over which they have control, provided the person:
(1) Requests permission from the appropriate correctional authority;
(2) Is authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to operate a drone for commercial purposes; and
(3) Operates the drone in a manner that complies with the authorization.
III. In this section:
(a) "Airspace" means the space above the ground on which a state or county correctional facility or municipal jail is sited.
(b) "Drone" means a powered, aerial vehicle, excluding a geosynchronous satellite, that:
(1) Does not carry a human operator;
(2) Uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift;
(3) Can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely; and
(4) May be expendable or recoverable.
(c) "Person" means an individual, corporation, organization, and for-profit or not-for-profit entities.
HB 205-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ X ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill prohibits one from flying a drone above a state or county correctional facility or municipal jail. This bill contains a penalty that may have an impact on the New Hampshire judicial and correctional systems. There is no method to determine how many charges would be brought as a result of the changes contained in this bill to determine the fiscal impact on expenditures. However, the entities impacted have provided the potential costs associated with these penalties below.
Class A Misdemeanor
It should be noted average case cost estimates for FY 2018 and FY 2019 are based on data that is more than ten years old and does not reflect changes to the courts over that same period of time or the impact these changes may have on processing the various case types. An unspecified misdemeanor can be either class A or class B, with the presumption being a class B misdemeanor.
NH Association of Counties
County Prosecution Costs
Estimated Average Daily Cost of Incarcerating an Individual
$85 to $110
$85 to $110
The Judicial Council and Departments of Justice and Corrections state this bill will have no significant fiscal impact on their respective operations. The New Hampshire Municipal Association cannot identify any impact on local revenue or expenditures.
The Judicial Branch, Departments of Corrections and Justice, Judicial Council, New Hampshire Association of Counties, and New Hampshire Municipal Association.
|Jan. 25, 2017||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 8, 2017||House||Exec Session|
|March 8, 2017||House||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 4, 2017||Introduced 01/04/2017 and referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety HJ 2 P. 20|
|Jan. 25, 2017||Public Hearing: 01/25/2017 02:30 PM LOB 204|
|Feb. 8, 2017||Executive Session: 02/08/2017 10:00 AM LOB 204|
|March 8, 2017||Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-0154h for 03/08/2017 (Vote 15-4; RC)|
|Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate|
|March 8, 2017||Lay on Table (Rep. Welch): MA VV 03/08/2017 HJ 9 P. 66|
|Died on Table|