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Bad Bill Bob's Commentary on HB655

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
The general intent of this bill is noble. It is designed to protect critical infrastructure and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
facilities from unauthorized drone activity. That said, it crosses the line regarding the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
authority of the state government and federal government. The Federal Aviation Act of 1958                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
created the FAA, and provided it the sole authority of regulating the National Airspace                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
System (NAS).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The FAA has been delegated the responsibility of regulating the airspace. That goes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
for manned AND unmanned aircraft. That responsibility includes aircraft AND pilots.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
In January (2019) the FAA rolled out a draft document for public comment to deal with the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
intent of this bill. And that is indeed the FAA responsibility.