Bill Summary for H 4 (2015-2016)

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Jan 28 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 4 (Public) Filed Wednesday, January 28, 2015
AN ACT TO CLARIFY THAT AGENTS OR AGENCIES OF THE STATE OR A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THE STATE SHALL HAVE AUTHORITY TO PROCURE AND OPERATE UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS UPON APPROVAL OF THE STATE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER AND TO MODIFY THE REGULATION OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS TO CONFORM TO FAA GUIDELINES.
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Amends Section 7.16(e) of SL 2013-360 as amended, to provide that until December 31, 2015, the State CIO has the authority to approve or disapprove (i) any procurement or operation of an unmanned aircraft system by state agencies or political subdivisions and (ii) the disclosure of personal information about any person acquired through unmanned aircraft operation by a state agency or political subdivisions. Allows the State CIO to consult the Division of Aviation in the Department of Transportation when making a decision under this subsection. Requires the State CIO to immediately report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Information Technology and the Fiscal Research Division on any and all decisions made under this subsection.  Allows state agencies or political subdivisions to procure or operate unmanned aircraft systems before the knowledge and skills test is established, as required by GS 63-95. However, provides that state agencies or political subdivisions that submit a request on or after the date that the knowledge and skills test is implemented are also subject to the provisions of GS 63-95. 

Amends Section 34.30(j) of SL 2014-100, making clarifying changes reflecting the authorization of the operation of unmanned aircraft systems by state agencies or political subdivisions in accordance with the changes made to Section 7.16(e) of SL 2013-360. 

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