2014 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - SB5003 (Committee Approved)

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Autonomous Systems Regulatory Work Group

Item 418 #1s

Item 418 #1s

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Technology, Secretary of FY2015 $1,000,000 FY2016 $1,000,000 GF

Page 340, line 3, strike "$515,982" and insert "$1,515,982".
Page 340, line 3, strike "$516,574" and insert "$1,516,574".
Page 340, after line 6, insert:
"A. The Secretaries of Technology, Transportation, Education, Public Safety and Commerce and Trade shall convene a work group to consist of representatives from the Departments of Aviation, Motor Vehicles, and State Police as well as the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Virginia Port Authority, the Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority and institutions of higher education for the purpose of evaluating the current regulatory and economic environments related to the growth of the unmanned systems industry in the Commonwealth.  The purpose of the work group shall be to identify regulatory challenges related to the development, testing, and use of unmanned technologies across all modes of conveyance. The work group shall suggest strategies and develop programs and collateral materials to attract and promote the development of unmanned technology applications and companies, federal research at facilities located in Virginia, venture and human capital, and applied research and technology that contribute to the growth and development of the unmanned systems sector in the Commonwealth.  The work group shall provide a report of its activities and initial funding to the Governor and the Chairmen of Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees by January 1, 2015.
B. Included in the amounts for General Management and Direction is $1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000 the second year for the purpose set forth in paragraph A."

(This amendment establishes a work group relating to the regulatory environment for autonomous systems development and testing.)