So, this bill, being sponsored anonymously, is trying to be pushed through Oregon legislature. While I certainly agree that our great state needs to put some kind of regulation on the use of UAS, especially the governments use of them, the text in bill is simply not the way to do it. This would make an immediate crime for simply possessing, let alone flying, a common commercial product, a toy, such as the Parrot drones.
Oregon is a largely rural state, but we also thrive on the technology industry. The technology industry is the cornerstone of Oregon's economic recovery. One of the fastest growing fields currently is unmanned drone technology.
Contrary to what some the-drones-are-coming-for-us-all nuts will you, There is a vast commercial market for the technology, especially in surveying, mapping, search and rescue, disaster relief coordination, the list goes on.
Oregon is set to become one of the national leaders in this field, and this bill will cripple that. The economic impact of Senate Bill 71 will be no less than the spotted owl fiasco. It's poorly thought out, and is simply bad for our state.
Text of the bill:http://roswellflighttestcrew.typepad.com/files/Oregon%20Senate%20Bill%2071.pdf
A very good article about it:http://roswellflighttestcrew.typepad.com/blog/2013/01/this-just-got-real.html