Text: H.R.1138 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (02/16/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1138


To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a criminal penalty for launching drones that interfere with fighting wildfires affecting Federal property, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 16, 2017

Mr. Cook (for himself, Mr. Royce of California, Ms. Brownley of California, and Mr. Aguilar) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a criminal penalty for launching drones that interfere with fighting wildfires affecting Federal property, 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 “Wildfire Airspace Protection Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Interference with wildfire suppression, law enforcement, or emergency response effort by operation of unmanned aircraft.

(a) In general.—Chapter 65 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

§ 1370. Interference with wildfire suppression, law enforcement, or emergency response effort by operation of unmanned aircraft

“(a) Offense.—Except as provided in subsection (b), an individual who operates an unmanned aircraft and in so doing knowingly or recklessly interferes with a wildfire suppression, law enforcement, or emergency response effort shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.

“(b) Exceptions.—This section does not apply to the operation of an unmanned aircraft conducted by a unit or agency of the United States Government or of a State, tribal, or local government (including any individual conducting such operation pursuant to a contract or other agreement entered into with the unit or agency) for the purpose of protecting the public safety and welfare, including firefighting, law enforcement, or emergency response.

“(c) Definitions.—In this section, the following definitions apply:

“(1) WILDFIRE.—The term ‘wildfire’ has the meaning given that term in section 2 of the Emergency Wildfire Suppression Act (42 U.S.C. 1856m).

“(2) WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION.—The term ‘wildfire suppression’ means an effort to contain, extinguish, or suppress a wildfire.”.

(b) Clerical amendment.—The table of sections for chapter 65 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item:


“1370. Interference with wildfire suppression, law enforcement, or emergency response effort by operation of unmanned aircraft.”.