NEW MEXICO — A state governor signed legislation Monday that allows the use for public use of unmanned aerial vehicles to protect public health and safety.
The measure also establishes a new task force to explore the use and regulation of unmanned aircraft systems, and the creation of a public-private partnership to explore solutions.
New Mexico’s new drone law, passed by the Legislature last month, was approved by the state’s Board of Supervisors on Monday, meaning it now heads to Gov.
Martinez signed the bill into law after her predecessor vetoed it in January.
The law allows the Department of Public Health and Environmental Control to license drones for use by the public in the State of New Mexico and the surrounding area, and for public health purposes.
Under the new law, unmanned aircraft must be equipped with an “implementation radio frequency identification system” and be equipped for the use by public safety personnel.
The use of a drone for public protection would be a felony.
The state has yet to issue a license for a drone that would be used for medical or scientific purposes.
The legislation also establishes the Public Safety Drone Program, which is a program that allows New Mexicans to use drones for non-medical purposes.
The program would allow the state to acquire drones for a maximum of six months for use in emergencies, as well as provide funding to help pay for a private drone operator to operate one for the duration of the program.
The bill also establishes new regulations for the private sector, allowing for the purchase of drones.
The bill requires the drone operator and the drone’s manufacturer to provide the state with proof that they are in compliance with New Mexico’s drone safety regulations.
In addition, the bill requires drones to be manufactured by New Mexico-based drone manufacturers.
The law requires that the manufacturer must be certified by a federal drone safety agency and is required to conduct safety tests on drones to verify compliance.
Martizian has previously voiced support for the legislation.
In December, she signed into law a law that expanded the use to allow for public-safety personnel to use the drones for surveillance.
The new law also sets the statewide emergency response plan, a statewide database that tracks all drone activity, and requires public health officials to monitor drone use.