While the proposal reflects support for a new form of aviation, the language will open the traveling public to a lesser standard of safety.
It might help to understand from whence the FAA comes. It has relied on multiple systems to assure safety. That historic construct may be the impediment to the UAS industry evolving as the private sector would like. Here is a brief description of the seines upon which the FAA has relied.
Henry H. Perritt, Jr., a Professor of Law and former dean of Chicago-Kent College of law, has written an analysis of the FAA’s ability to regulate the burgeoning business of these high tech aircraft. His primary conclusion can be summed up by the above phrase, “catch me if you can.”