2016-04-13 National Governors Association

State Groups Urge Senate Support of FAA Amendment

On behalf of the national organizations that represent state and local officials, including the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, United States Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities and the National Association of State Aviation Officials, we strongly urge all Senators to support the bipartisan Feinstein-Tillis-Blumenthal amendment that would strike section 2152 from the the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill.

Section 2152 broadly and unjustifiably pre-empts state and local authority and goes well beyond the basic assertion of the FAA’s authority to regulate the safety of the national airspace system as established by law and precedent regarding both manned and UAS operations. It infringes on traditional state and local powers to protect the basic rights of citizens and by supporting its removal, you would ensure that states and local governments continue to have the flexibility to address critical public safety and security concerns regarding UAS operations.

If you have any additional questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to any of our organizations.

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