S.D. Bill Would Exempt Drone Owners from State Registration

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 18, 2017 No Comments

By a vote of 7-0, South Dakota’s Senate Transportation Committee has voted yes on a measure that would exempt unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators from having to register their drones with the state.

According to the text of the legislation, S.B.22, the measure would “exempt certain unmanned aircraft systems from the requirement to be registered as aircraft.” Specifically, it would pertain to drones weighing under 55 lbs.

The bill is sponsored by the Senate Transportation Committee at the request of the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

According to a report from the Associated Press, the measure would allow UAS owners to avoid a 4% registration tax when they purchase their aircraft, as well as $25 yearly registration dues. The legislation will now advance to the full chamber.

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