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Utah Gov. Signs Drone Livestock Harassment Bill into Law

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 24, 2017

Gov. Gary R. Herbert, R-Utah, has signed into law H.B.217, a bill that keeps unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators from “harassing” livestock. Rolled out earlier this year by chief sponsor Rep. Scott Chew, R-District 55, and floor sponsor Sen. Don [Read More]

Utah Rep. Proposes Jail Time for ‘Harassing’ Livestock with UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 03, 2017

A Republican congressman in Utah has proposed a bill to deter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) pilots from “harassing” livestock. According to the text of the legislation, H.B.0217, “a person is guilty of harassment of livestock if the person intentionally, knowingly [Read More]

In Utah, Law Enforcement Can Now Shoot Down UAS at Wildfires

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 19, 2016

Gov. Gary R. Herbert, R-Utah, has signed into law a bill that allows law enforcement officers to “neutralize” – or shoot down or disable via jamming technology – drones that disrupt wildfire-fighting efforts, as well as enhances penalties for operating [Read More]

Utah Bill Would Allow Law Enforcement to Shoot Down, Disable UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 14, 2016

After Gov. Gary R. Herbert, R-Utah, issued a call for a special session of the Utah state legislature, lawmakers decided yesterday to green-light a bill that would enhance penalties for flying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) over wildfires, as well as allow [Read More]

U.S. Senator Urges FAA to Include ‘Capable, Willing Stakeholders’ in Drone Committee

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 09, 2016

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to continue including “strong industry, government, research and academia” in the agency’s recently established unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) advisory committee. Last month, Michael Huerta, the FAA’s administrator, [Read More]

Utah Organizations Come Together to Form UAS Alliance

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 06, 2015

In an effort to establish Utah as a viable hub for the commercial use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), several organizations in the state have partnered to form the Mountain West Unmanned Systems Alliance (MWUSA). The group comprises the Utah [Read More]

Law Limits Police Drone Operations in Utah

Posted by UAO Staff on April 11, 2014

A bill signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert, R-Utah, places limits on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by state law enforcement agencies. According to S.B.167, a warrant is needed in order for law enforcement agencies to gather [Read More]

UAV Police Bill Heads to Full Senate in Utah

Posted by UAO Staff on February 26, 2014

A Senate committee in Utah has given its approval to advance to the full state Senate legislation that would regulate police usage of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, requires a warrant in [Read More]

Utah House Committee Endorses UAS Industry Bill

Posted by UAO Staff on February 14, 2014

The House Transportation Committee in Utah has signed off on a resolution that would welcome the unmanned aerial system (UAS) industry to the state after some committee members had voiced privacy and safety concerns earlier this week. The chief sponsor [Read More]

UAS Development Bill Hits a Speed Bump in Utah

Posted by UAO Staff on February 12, 2014

A bill designed to convey support for unmanned aerial system (UAS) development in Utah has been suspended. The state House Transportation Committee voted to put a hold on the legislation, which was introduced by state Rep. Val Peterson, R-Orem, according [Read More]