|Sponsor||Rep. Lungren, Daniel E.|
|Date||July 27, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)|
|Staff Contact||Sarah Makin|
H.R. 5810 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) on July 21, 2010. The House Committee on the Judiciary took no official action on H.R. 5810.
H.R. 5810 would make aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft a federal crime. The bill specifies that anyone who knowingly aims the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, or at the flight path of such an aircraft, shall be fined or imprisoned for no more than five years, or both.
The bill would not prohibit aiming a beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft, or the flight path of such an aircraft, by:
An authorized individual in the conduct of research and development or flight test operations conducted by an aircraft manufacturer, the Federal Aviation Administration, or any other person authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct such research and development or flight test operations;
The bill would allow the Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of Transportation, to make regulations regarding this new crime.
The Congressional Budget Office has not produced a cost estimate for H.R. 5810 at press time.