S. 4687- The Safeguarding the Homeland from the Threats Posed by Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act of 2022, was introduced by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ron Johnson (R-WI).  The bipartisan legislation was introduced to enhance the ability of Federal, state, and local authorities to counter the threats posed by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones as they are commonly known.

The bill would renew and expand existing authorities provided by the Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018 for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including authorizing DOJ and DHS to use existing authorities to protect the sixteen sectors of critical infrastructure in the United States.

The legislation recommends the expansion of Counter-UAS authorities to enhance the safety of the homeland, including authorizing the Transportation Security Administration to proactively protect transportation critical infrastructure from the threats of malicious drones.

The legislation also allows state and local law enforcement, as well as critical infrastructure operators to use pre-approved drone technology.  A pilot program would also be created to train certain Federal, state, and local agencies on the use of drone mitigation technology.

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