HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 101
(By Delegates Fleischauer, Sponaugle, Lynch, Skinner, Lawrence, Manypenny, Campbell, Barill, Diserio, Ferro, Sobonya, Craig, Pasdon, Anderson, Border, Ellem, Ferns, Howell, Jones, Kump, Nelson, J., Poling, D. and Shott)
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the legality and the potential consequences of the use of drones by public and private entities in the State of West Virginia.
Whereas, It is estimated by Aviation Today that the worldwide drone market could exceed $80 billion in the next decade; and
Whereas, According to USA Today and CNN the use of drones in state and municipal policing, as well as in the private sector, is increasing; and
Whereas, Without regulation drones could potentially carry lethal payloads; and
Whereas, Drones may be used as a surveillance tool and are thus a potential threat to privacy; and
Whereas, There is no consensus in law on how data collected by drones can be used, stored or shared; and
Whereas, Legislation may be needed to govern prohibited uses of drones, exceptions to prohibitions, admissibility as evidence, and remedies for violation; and
Whereas, According to the National Conference on State Legislatures more than twenty states are considering legislation to regulate public and private purchase and use of drones; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the legality and the potential consequences of the use of drones by public and private entities in the State of West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.