The State House last week unanimously passed a resolution to establish a Task Force on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. House Concurrent Resolution 6 also recognizes the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Integration at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Sponsor Representative Shelley Hughes says if Alaska was chosen as one of the federal government’s six test sites for unmanned aircraft, the state would “benefit from job growth and new businesses moving to our great state.”
Estimates from the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems Integration say the testing would create 70,000 new jobs and an economic impact of more than $13.6 billion.
Rep. Hughes said the Task Force would include a mixture of public and private representatives, and would make recommendations regarding the use of unmanned aircraft while addressing privacy concerns.
HCR 6 now moves to the Alaska Senate for consideration.