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house Bill H.R. 5040

Should the Gov’t Study the Impact of Private Drones Interfering With Wildfire Suppression Efforts & Ways to Prevent Drone Incursions?

Argument in favor

When unauthorized drones enter a wildfire area, firefighters are forced to ground helicopters, manned aircraft, and their own drones — which take critical tools off the table, wasting time and resources in the fight to contain and suppress wildfires. The report produced by this bipartisan bill would illuminate the scope of the problem and explore solutions to disable or seize unauthorized drones.

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12/12/2020
Why not “what wise man wouldn’t first consider the cost. The fact is I’ve seen physical evidence and have knowledge of people. That have purchased Bonafide Fire Department equipment. Some of these individuals Remarked Equipment. A fire truck to appear it belonged to a Bonafide Fire District. Think what a disastrous outcome it would be if they intercepted radio transmissions and appeared to answer a Bonafide Callout only to soomhoow botch the response?
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Joann's Opinion
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12/10/2020
Not worried about drones, although there has to be some control over them. Cant depend on people having common sense over flying them......however just to interject something here. Need to tell Trump to get out, so Americans can go on with their lives. He has totally put America in a bind. Doesnt have a clue. He is running scared because i think financially he is in a big hole
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Adam's Opinion
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12/11/2020
I agree that restrictions and deterrents should be made so that wild-land firefighters are able to maintain the adequate amounts of resources that are available to them. However, I also believe that we need to protect recreational drone pilots right because of how strict they are currently. If we keep restricting the rights of recreational drone pilots at the rate that we currently are then in the near future these pilots will have no where to fly, which would be a tragic loss of a great hobby for parents to get their children interested in learning my about the aviation industry and the STEM community. Thank you for your time to read my opinion.
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Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t ask federal agencies to research the number of drone incursions or ways to disable or seize drones belonging to recreational enthusiasts who venture into protected airspace around wildfires. The government is already going through the process of restricting the airspace, which private drone owners should comply with.

jimK's Opinion
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12/10/2020
No. What is there to study? If nimrods want to fly their drones into restricted airspace just shoot them down, spray foam over them to make them crash, microwave them to failure, jam their frequencies, use RF locators to find the operators and prosecute the assholes that would interfere with fire fighting operations. Do this loudly, with exemplary penalties and bounties for catching the operators, and they will stop. At least you could gain a new funding source for paying fire fighters and purchasing requisite equipment.
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larubia's Opinion
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12/10/2020
JimK, I agree. No need to study. Firefighters can tell you they get in the way. Destroy them & fine the owners. Put the monies toward those who heroically fight fires !
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singinghawk926's Opinion
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12/10/2020
I think I will bow to those here who are from the West Coast and anywhere else that is battling fires. But generally speaking, it seems silly to expend funds studying a problem that clearly has to do with holding violators accountable for violating regulations. If there are insufficient laws to use in holding violators accountable, make the necessary laws to hold them accountable. Budget: $0. Support: Bipartisan.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed December 10th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 382 Yea / 6 Nay
    IntroducedNovember 12th, 2019

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Bill Activity

  • IntroReferral
    Received in the Senate.
  • Floor
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • Floor
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 382 - 6 (Roll no. 243).
  • Floor
    Considered as unfinished business.
  • Floor
    At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5040.
  • Floor
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
  • Floor
    Mr. Huffman moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
  • Floor
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 382 - 6 (Roll no. 243). (text: CR H7121)
  • Floor
    Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H7127-7128)
  • Floor
    Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H7121-7122)
  • Calendars
    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 499.
  • Discharge
    Committee on Agriculture discharged.
  • Committee
    Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 116-606, Part I.
  • Committee
    Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Unanimous Consent.
  • Committee
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • Committee
    Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Discharged.
  • Committee
    Subcommittee Hearings Held.
  • Committee
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry.
  • Committee
    Referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands.
  • IntroReferral
    Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed December 10th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 382 Yea / 6 Nay
    IntroducedNovember 12th, 2019

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    No. What is there to study? If nimrods want to fly their drones into restricted airspace just shoot them down, spray foam over them to make them crash, microwave them to failure, jam their frequencies, use RF locators to find the operators and prosecute the assholes that would interfere with fire fighting operations. Do this loudly, with exemplary penalties and bounties for catching the operators, and they will stop. At least you could gain a new funding source for paying fire fighters and purchasing requisite equipment.
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    JimK, I agree. No need to study. Firefighters can tell you they get in the way. Destroy them & fine the owners. Put the monies toward those who heroically fight fires !
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    I think I will bow to those here who are from the West Coast and anywhere else that is battling fires. But generally speaking, it seems silly to expend funds studying a problem that clearly has to do with holding violators accountable for violating regulations. If there are insufficient laws to use in holding violators accountable, make the necessary laws to hold them accountable. Budget: $0. Support: Bipartisan.
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    Where is Covid support? Who needs all this obscure busywork legislation?
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    If they interfere with firefighters, medical, or any other disaster response: SHOOT THEM DOWN. No study needed. If you can’t be responsible with your toys, you loose them.
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    We know exactly the repercussions of drones. What we need is a tracking system to identify the fools flying in restricted zones and prosecute them
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    I have to agree with JimK. It is already known that drones interfere with authorized flights. Another costly study isn’t needed! It’s not a good option to cease firefighting from the air because some idiot thinks it’s cool to fly his/her drone into a fire zone. Shoot the things down or otherwise destroy them and let the firefighters do their jobs! I know if my house burned down because of some idiot flying his drone I’d want some justice in that person held accountable!
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    How about studying this, the effects of coronavirus on the American people and the hardships that they see due to a lack of adequate response from the government.
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    The only study that needs to be done is what is the best and most efficient way to identify the owner of the drone, and then how to most efficiently destroy it. Identifying ownership is important so that prosecution can occur. Efficient destruction in plain sight is even more important. Just get it done.
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    Anyone caught flying drones in airspace during any kind of disaster needs to be arrested and charged with interference. We are currently suffering from lack of common sense in this country at the moment and it is going to take
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    No. The outcome of the proposed study is already known. The key words are "unauthorized drones" entering in these areas. Just take the next step and finalize the consequence if not already.
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    I hate drones. They give me the creeps. If private drones, meaning some idiot is getting in the way of something critical like putting out a fire, knock the damn thing out of the air and squash it! No studies needed.
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    Waste of Money and Waste of Precious time! I know there’s due process, but it’s seems more expeditious to simply get court orders to shoot down any and all drones interfering with Wildfire Suppression. Do a few public service announcements to warn the knuckleheads. Hire some snipers and be done with the menace. Shoot ’em down like in a Video Game. Should be easier than duck hunting. Just hope the drones don't fight back. Jeez, Louise!
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    Once again, ditto jimK. 😷
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    JimK I want you not to hold back, tell us what you really think :) lol. I totally agree, but Shouldn’t only shoot the drone down, they have missiles that can track back to the transmitter! This would make it a real short study.
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    Rep Luetkemeyer: If there had been already-restricted drone incursions on your property a known number of times which caused expense and serious problems, preventing you from protecting said property effectively, and there existed legal recourse measures; would you instigate an 18 month study to “raise” your awareness, or to learn how to disable and seize said drones? You could probably “google” that information. If it were coming out of YOUR pocket, wouldn’t you get cost estimates? Wouldn’t you want the cost estimates and name of the company with which you would be contracting for said study? Even if 6 of your neighbors didn’t think a study was needed, and 381 others did; would you still be willing to commit to paying an unknown company an unknown amount - especially if you knew your Uncle Sam was NOT going to foot the bill? Seriously, Concerned constituent
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    Let’s concentrate on getting the covid vaccine to most Americans
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    Ya need a "Study" for this? What dimwit is asking for monies for this?
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    I don't know what the laws are elsewhere but where I am you need a permit to own a drone and fly it.
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    There isn’t anything to study. Enforce the no fly zones and let the firefighters do their job.
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