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E3464D654C51345F8725827A006FC0B1 Hearing Summary


Date Apr 25, 2018      
Location SCR 352

HB18-1314 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

02:21:07 PM  

Senator Cooke explained HB18-1314, concerning prohibiting the use of unmanned aircraft systems to obstruct public safety operations.

02:24:38 PM  

Chris Swathwood, representing the Colorado Aviation Business Association, spoke in support of the bill.

02:27:08 PM  

Constantin Diehl, representing UAS Colorado, spoke in support of the bill.  He discussed recreational use of drones. 


Committee members asked questions about the differences between knowingly and unknowingly flying a drone into an emergency situation. 

02:32:09 PM  

Captain Matt Swinden, representing the Evergreen Fire Department, testified in support of the bill.  He reiterated that the bill does not provide for an outright ban on drones and takes recreational use into consideration.

02:34:57 PM  

Bradley Applegate, representing UC Health Emergency Medical Services, spoke in favor of the measure.   He discussed the use of drones for medical air operations.

02:37:18 PM  

Commander Ron Saunier, representing the Denver Police Department, testified in support of the bill.  He discussed current limitations in responding to drones. 

02:38:54 PM  

Discussion followed regarding safety and the expanded use of drones.

02:42:02 PM  

Ben Miller, Director for the Colorado Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting in the Department of Public Safety, spoke in favor of the bill. He discussed drones in national airspace and other technological issues.

02:45:19 PM  

Senator Cooke gave closing remarks. 

02:47:57 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1314 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Cooke
Coram Excused
Fields Yes
Kagan Yes
Cooke Yes
Gardner Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

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