Multidisciplinary Committee Established in RI to Discuss Drone Regulation

A special House commission has been appointed in Rhode Island to study potential rules that the state should adopt concerning the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The “Special Legislative Commission to Study and Review Regulation of Drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” was established by legislation sponsored earlier this year by Rep. Stephen R. Ucci, D-Dist. 42, and co-sponsored by Rep. Arthur J. Corvese, D-Dist. 55, both of whom have been appointed to the commission, which comprises 11 members.

Besides Ucci and Corvese, the commission includes Rep. Katherine S. Kazarian, D-Dist. 63; Rep. Joseph J. Solomon Jr., D-Dist. 22; Rep. Daniel Reilly, R-Dist. 72; Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin; William Facente of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns; Marc Pappas of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency; University of Rhode Island professor Stephen Licht; Rhode Island Airport Magazine president and CEO Kelly Fredericks; and Tom McMahon of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

The commission conducted its first meeting yesterday, Oct. 22, to elect leaders and discuss the group’s purpose.

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