7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill concerns use and study of an unmanned aircraft system.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ defines terms;
13 ▸ requires the Department of Transportation to convene a working group to study
14 advanced air mobility;
15 ▸ provides when an actor may be found guilty of a criminal offense that is committed
16 with the aid of an unmanned aircraft system; and
17 ▸ makes technical and conforming changes.
18 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
20 Other Special Clauses:
22 Utah Code Sections Affected:
24 72-1-216.1, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2021, Chapter 358
26 76-2-106, Utah Code Annotated 1953
28 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
29 Section 1. Section 72-1-216.1 is amended to read:
30 72-1-216.1. State plane operations and advanced air mobility study.
31 (1) The department shall study:
32 (a) options to improve the operations of the state airplane fleet, including addressing
33 how to make the state airplane fleet operations more self-reliant through:
34 (i) funding the state's plane operations through plane user fees; and
35 (ii) fleet replacement options; and
36 (b) the development and implementation of advanced air mobility in the state,
38 (i) identifying current state assets and assets in development that support advanced air
40 (ii) identifying assets required for full implementation of advanced air mobility;
41 (iii) identifying potential benefits and limitations of implementing advanced air
43 (iv) the feasibility of options to progress toward implementing a statewide advanced air
44 mobility system, including phasing critical elements; and
45 (v) reviewing infrastructure funding mechanisms employed or under consideration by
46 other states.
49 (2) (a) The department shall convene a working group to study current laws in the state
50 and identify potential changes to state law necessary to facilitate the development of advanced
51 air mobility operations in the state.
52 (b) A working group under Subsection (2)(a) may include:
53 (i) one or more interested members of the Legislature;
54 (ii) one or more representatives of the advanced air mobility industry;
55 (iii) the executive director of the department or the executive director's designee;
56 (iv) the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety or the commissioner's
58 (v) a representative of the Utah League of Cities and Towns;
59 (vi) a representative of the Utah Association of Counties;
60 (vii) a representative of the business community; and
61 (viii) a representative of a state institution of higher education.
62 (3) On or before September 30, 2022, the department shall provide a report to the
63 Transportation Interim Committee of the department's findings from the study described in
64 Subsection (1) and the working group described in Subsection (2).
65 Section 2. Section 76-2-106 is enacted to read:
66 76-2-106. Commission of offense with aid of unmanned aircraft system.
67 (1) As used in this section:
68 (a) "Unmanned aircraft" means the same as that term is defined in Section 72-14-102.
69 (b) "Unmanned aircraft system" means the same as that term is defined in Section
71 (2) An actor may be found guilty of an offense if:
72 (a) the actor commits the offense with the aid of an unmanned aircraft; and
73 (b) the unmanned aircraft system for the unmanned aircraft is under the actor's control
74 at the time of the offense.