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Calendar No. 657

109th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3993


To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide penalties for aiming laser pointers at airplanes, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 28, 2006

Mr. Martinez introduced the following bill; which was read the first time

September 30 (legislative day, September 29), 2006

Read the second time and placed on the calendar


A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide penalties for aiming laser pointers at airplanes, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Securing Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act of 2006”.

SEC. 2. Prohibition against aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft.

(a) Offense.—Chapter 2 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

§ 39B. Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft

“(a) In general.—Whoever knowingly aims the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, or at the flight path of such an aircraft, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.

“(b) Definition.—In this section, the term ‘laser pointer’ means any device designed or used to amplify electromagnetic radiation by stimulated emission that emits a beam designed to be used by the operator as a pointer or highlighter to indicate, mark, or identify a specific position, place, item, or object.

“(c) Exceptions.—This section does not prohibit aiming a beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft, or the flight path of such an aircraft, by—

“(1) an individual authorized to engage in such conduct by an aircraft manufacturer as part of the conduct of research and development or flight test operations conducted by such manufacturer;

“(2) an official of the Federal Aviation Administration authorized to engage in such conduct;

“(3) any other person authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to engage in such conduct as part of research and development or flight test operations;

“(4) a member or element of the Department of Defense or Department of Homeland Security acting in an official capacity for the purpose of research, development, operations, testing, or training; or

“(5) an individual using a laser emergency signaling device to send an emergency distress signal.

“(d) Regulations.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of Transportation, may provide by regulation, after public notice and comment, such additional exceptions to this section as may be necessary and appropriate.

“(2) NOTICE TO CONGRESS.—Not later than 90 days before the date any regulations issued under paragraph (1) become final, the Attorney General shall provide written notification of any proposed regulations under this section to the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives.”.

(b) Technical and conforming amendments.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Chapter 2 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by redesignating the section 39 relating to commercial motor vehicle inspections as section 39A.

(2) AMENDMENT TO TABLE OF SECTIONS.—The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 2 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking the item relating to the section 39 relating to commercial motor vehicle inspections and inserting the following


“39A. Commercial motor vehicles required to stop for inspections.

“39B. Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft.”.


Calendar No. 657

109th CONGRESS
     2d Session
S. 3993

A BILL
To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide penalties for aiming laser pointers at airplanes, and for other purposes.

September 30 (legislative day, September 29), 2006
Read the second time and placed on the calendar
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