Fall 2016

Everybody Wants to Rule the World: Federal vs. State Power to Regulate Drones

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Everybody Wants to Rule the World: Federal vs. State Power to Regulate Drones

By Mark J. Connot and Jason J. Zummo

Controversies over federal, state, and local power to regulate drones have led to a muddled legal and regulatory framework. Recent proposed federal legislation could have reconciled those regulatory interests by establishing express federal preemption with respect to drones, but the bill did not pass. The authors agree with the FAA that some legal issues may best be addressed at the state and local level but suggest that such regulation must be reasonable and limited in order to avoid undermining the rapidly developing UAS industry.

By Monica R. Hargrove

The Forum on Air and Space Law reflects on the recent passing of Patricia Grace Smith, a space pioneer who served on its Governing Committee, and expresses gratitude to those involved in organizing the Forum’s recent and upcoming conferences.

By David Heffernan

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