State Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, has accepted an invitation to serve on a national unmanned aerial systems steering committee.

The National Conference of State Legislatures is working with the organization's transportation program on a "public-private partnership on UAS," according to an email forwarded from Holmberg. The committee will be made up of selected lawmakers, legislative staff and private sector foundation sponsors, the email added.

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"We are aware of your past work and interest on UAS issues and would welcome your participation in this project to share your perspective and legislative knowledge," NCSL Research Analyst Amanda Essex wrote to Holmberg last month.

Essex said lawmakers "will play an integral part in providing input on the final partners' project report on the UAS legislative landscape.

"The report will provide state policymakers with a resource on UAS integration in states that provides balanced perspectives on industry and economics, standards, law enforcement, privacy and related issues," she added.

Holmberg said the initial meeting will be next month.