Reps. Ucci, Corvese call for study, regulations for drones

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Two Rhode Island lawmakers are calling for a study on delivery drones.

Representatives Stephen Ucci and Arthur Corvese have introduced two pieces of legislation regarding unpiloted, unmanned aerial vehicles. One would give the state the exclusive legal authority to regulate the unpiloted craft. The other would establish a legislative commission to study and make recommendations to regulate drones and their aerial kin.

“The future isn’t that far away when it comes to the proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles – drones – for any assortment of activities, from deliveries to news coverage and beyond,” said Rep. Ucci (D-Dist. 42, Johnston, Cranston). “There are going to be many applications for these craft, from law enforcement to search and rescue operations to wildlife tracking. People are going to be operating these unmanned craft the one they once flew model airplanes. As a state, we need to be prepared, we need to understand this new technology and we have to consider if or how we, as a state, want these craft regulated.”

“Unmanned aircraft systems, commonly called unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, continue to be the subject of lots of attention – because of their use in war, because of their possible commercial applications,” said Representative Corvese (D-Dist. 55, North Providence). “In the interest of the safety and security of the people of our state, and also and especially their privacy, legislative and governmental attention is needed, as well.”

Representatives Ucci and Corvese say they want to be among other state legislatures that are debating the issue this year.

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