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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a drone?

    A drone is also called a UAV, which stands for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Essentially drones are unmanned vehicles that are controlled remotely. Many are designed with some type of monitoring or sensory system such as cameras, proximity sensors and most importantly, GPS.

  • Are drones legal?

    There currently isn't any existing federal (US) laws preventing consumer ownership of UAVs. However, there are current regulations and more coming that regulates and set FAA rues for usage and fly zones.

  • Are drones used by government agencies?

    Absolutely! The U.S. utilizes many military grade drones not only in training, but real combat. This includes sending drones to Pakistan, Iraq and surrounding areas, as well as places such as Somalia. The government of Russia is also developing their own drone capabilities.

  • Is it legal to shoot down a drone?

    That's a good question! There are various stories about people shooting down drones while it was technically on their property and have gotten charged with some degree of illegal discharge of firearm or property damage. Until there are concrete laws on the books, this is very much a grey area.

  • Do I need a special permit to operate a drone?

    At the current moment (as of Jan 2016), no. However, you do need to register yourself and your drone with the U.S. government if it weighs more than 0.55 lbs.

  • Who built your website?

    I of course (Drew)! I'm a professional freelance developer and programmer. My business goes by Dream Designs Global, or simply Dream Designs. You can learn more about my services at www.dreamdesignsweb.com

Drone Laws & Regulations by State

  • Alabama

    Alabama Senate Bill No. 240
    To amend Section 9-11-270, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to interference with persons legally hunting or fishing; to specifically include the use of drones to harass in the prohibition.

    Alabama (Hunting)
    In February 2014 , the Alabama state legislature proposed a bill that would outlaw intentional drone use in order to harass a hunter or fisherman. The bill passed in the state Senate but remains open in the House.

    Possible Boon to Alabama Law Enforcement
    Gov. Robert Bentley looks to eliminate the haze around drone regulations, announcing Friday the appointment of an Alabama Drone Task Force to develop a plan for their use by state agencies.

    Executive Order Number 1
    WHEREAS, the use of unmanned aerial technology, including Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAV), is growing in both the governmental and private sectors; WHEREAS, the airspace of the State of Alabama is governed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which maintains that flight safety applies equally to manned and unmanned aircraft, including UAV and UAS, regardless of the size of the drone in regulated airspace; WHEREAS, to further the State of Alabama’s potential use of drone aircraft, the Governor established, by letter, the Drone Task Force, to study and make recommendations to the Governor on issues related to UAVs and UASs; WHEREAS, the Drone Task Force presented recommendations to the Governor on January 15, 2015, as directed; WHEREAS, UAS platforms include uses in the public and private operations, such as disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, worker safety, and increased efficiency; WHEREAS, expanded use of unmanned aerial technology without adequate regulations, policies, and procedures gives rise to privacy and civil liberty concerns; and WHEREAS, the continued study and coordination of unmanned aerial technology is recommended to further the state’s interests and protect the citizens of the state. NOW, THEREFORE, based upon these considerations, and for other good and valid reasons, I, Robert Bentley, Governor of the State of Alabama, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Alabama, do hereby officially place authority over all unmanned aerial technology under the Bureau of Aeronautics of the Alabama Department of Transportation (“the Bureau”), and establish the Unmanned Aerial Systems Council (“UAS Council”) to serve as an advisory group to the Bureau of Aeronautics. BE IT ORDERED, that the UAS Council shall be comprised of the following members, or their designees: The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Alabama The Commissioner, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries The Commissioner, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources The Director, Alabama Department of Transportation The Secretary, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency One appointment from an Airport Authority by the Governor One appointment from the State House of Representatives by the Speaker of the House One appointment from the State Senate by the President Pro Tem of the Senate BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that the Bureau, in conjunction with the UAS Council, shall analyze and respond to all matters related to unmanned aerial technology. BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that the UAS Council shall meet at least quarterly and otherwise at the call of the chair, who shall be the Director of the Department of Transportation, and members may participate in meetings via telephonic or video conferencing. BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that this Executive Order shall become effective immediately and shall remain in effect until such time it is modified or rescinded by the Governor. DONE THIS 23rd day of January, 2015. Robert Bentley Governor ATTEST: John H. Merrill Secretary of State

    Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry
    Existing law prohibits a person from willfully and knowingly preventing, obstructing, impeding, disturbing, or interfering with another person who is legally hunting or fishing. This bill would specifically include the use of drones to harass a person who is hunting or fishing within this prohibition.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Alaska

    Alaska House Bill No. 255
    Relating to unmanned aircraft systems; and relating to images captured by an unmanned aircraft system.

    Alaska (Task Force)
    Alaska has a state-appointed Legislative Task Force on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. As of 2014, Alaska had enacted into law protocols for the use of UAVs by law enforcement. Under HB 255, police must provide training certification for its pilots; obtain pro

    Alaska Drone Law
    Enrolled HJR 5: Recognizing the Academy of Model Aeronautics for establishing safety guidelines and best practices.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

    Alaska HB 256
    Alaska HB 256 requests the Department of Fish & Game evaluate the use of UAS for aerial survey work and report findings related to safety and cost-savings compared to manned aircraft.

  • Arizona

    Arizona House Bill No. 2574
    AMENDING TITLE 13, CHAPTER 30, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES, BY ADDING SECTION 13-3007; RELATING TO DRONE SURVEILLANCE.

    Arizona House Bill No. 2269
    THE COMMITTEE SHALL STUDY THE USE OF AN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES:1. TO COUNTER A HIGH RISK OF A TERRORIST ATTACK BY A SPECIFIC INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION IF THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY DETERMINES THAT CREDIBLE IN

    Arizona (Law Enforcement)
    As of February, an Arizona bill that would curtail police use of drones was languishing in committee. The bill would make it "unlawful for a law enforcement agency or a state, county or municipal agency to use a drone to gather, store or collect evidence of any type, including audio or video recordings [and prohibit] surveillance of citizens unless the citizen is specifically named on a valid search warrant." A similar bill passed in Florida in 2013.

    HB 2574 - Arizona State Legislature
    REFERENCE TITLE: drone surveillance; prohibition; exceptions State of Arizona House of Representatives Fifty-first Legislature First Regular Session 2013 HB 2574 Introduced by Representatives Dial, Seel, Stevens, Senator Burges: Representatives Barton, Borrelli, Lovas, Petersen, Thorpe

    HB 2538 - Arizona Revised Statutes
    REFERENCE TITLE: unmanned aerial vehicles; prohibited State of Arizona House of Representatives Fifty-first Legislature Second Regular Session 2014 HB 2538 Introduced by Representatives Seel, Borrelli, Thorpe: Livingston, Mitchell, Petersen, Senators Crandell, Farnsworth D, Ward

    SENATE BILL 1449
    AMENDING TITLE 13, CHAPTER 37, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES, BY ADDING SECTION 13-3729; AMENDING SECTIONS 28-8242 AND 28-8280, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES; RELATING TO UNMANNED AIRCRAFT.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Arkansas

    Arkansas House Bill No. 1904
    AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

    Arkansas Senate Bill No. 1109
    AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF AN UNMANNED AERIAL DEVICE THAT IS EQUIPPED WITH A VIDEO RECORDING DEVICE EXCEPT WHEN USED BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OR AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY PERSONNEL; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

    Arkansas (Law Enforcement/Privacy)
    Two bills in "The Natural State" died of natural causes in mid-2013. A house bill would have regulated how much drone-recorded imagery police could retain of areas that had not been targeted. The bill also prohibited UAV weaponization. A senate bill would have prohibited shooting video via drone of a person or their property.

    Arkansas Drone Law
    Stricken language would be deleted from and underlined language would be added to present law.

    HOUSE BILL 1079
    AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF AN UNMANNED VEHICLE OR 8 AIRCRAFT THAT CAPTURES IMAGES; TO CREATE THE CRIMINAL 9 OFFENSES; TO PROVIDE FOR CIVIL LIABILITY; AND FOR 10 OTHER PURPOSES.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

    SB 249
    SB 249 appropriates funds that can be used to focus on research and development efforts related to UAS by state educational institutions. The law specifies a number of focuses for the research, including the use UAS for inspection and surveillance by the department of transportation, highway patrol and state bureau of investigation. It requires that the director of UAS make recommendations regarding state laws and rules that balance privacy concerns and the need for “robust UAS economic development” in the state.

  • California

    California Senate Bill No. 142
    This bill would extend liability for wrongful occupation of real property and damages to a person who operates an unmanned aircraft or unmanned aircraft system, as defined, less than 350 feet above ground level within the airspace overlaying the real property, without the express permission of the person or entity with the legal authority to grant access or without legal authority.

    California Senate Bill No. 170
    This bill would make a person who knowingly and intentionally operates an unmanned aircraft system on or above the grounds of a state prison or a jail guilty of a misdemeanor. The bill would make these misdemeanor provisions inapplicable to a person employed by the prison or jail acting within the scope of his or her employment, or a person who receives prior permission from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation or the county sheriff. By creating new crimes, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

    California (Law Enforcement)
    A bill zipping through committee hoops in California also deals with data retention obtained by drones as well as law enforcement issues. Assembly Bill 1327 (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) states that: All data which is collected by public drones would need to be destroyed within six month. The 'weaponization' of drones would be illegal. Law enforcement would generally be required to obtain a warrant to use a drone. A warrant would not be necessary in certain emergency situations such as search and rescue." In September 2014, California governor Ed Brown signed into law AB 2306 which amends existing privacy laws to prohibit anybody from using a drone to take pictures of a person "under circumstances in which [they] had a reasonable expectation of privacy," and where said picture could not have been taken without trespassing if the drone hadn't been used.

    AB-1327 Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    An act to add Section 6254.31 to the Government Code, and to add Title 14 (commencing with Section 14350) to Part 4 of the Penal Code, relating to unmanned aircraft systems.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Colorado

    Colorado Senate Bill 15-059
    Concerning the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in certain circumstances.

    Colorado House Bill 15-1115
    CONCERNING PRIVACY IN REGARD TO EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES.

    Colorado (Hunting)
    You won't (or shouldn't) see any drones used to aid hunters in Colorado after the state's Parks and Wildlife Commission passed a measure in January that bans the use of drones to help hunters in any way (including scouting). Hunters will have to rely on good, old-fashioned tracking and shooting skills to bag that "wascally wabbit." The National Association of Drone Sportsmen opposed the regulation calling it "regulatory overreach in an attempt to demean, malign and demonize hunters (a.k.a. gun owners) for something they are not even doing." NADS chief Steve Gill told the Denver Post: "I believe you ought to hunt fairly. But we've got enough regulation in business and in life to not spend our time trying to regulate things people aren't actually doing yet.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Connecticut

    Connecticut Senate Bill No. 974
    AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING THE USE OF DRONES. To establish standards, registration and reporting requirements for the use of drones by law enforcement officers and other state employees.

    Connecticut (Law Enforcement)
    A Connecticut House bill referred to the judiciary committee "criminalizes the weaponization of drones and prevents government from using them unless a proper warrant is issued, except for certain emergency situations," according to the Tenth Amendment Center. Like the Arkansas bill, the measure regulates what and how recorded data by drones may be collected, stored and retained.

    Drone Use Regulation
    Connecticut stakeholder concerns about drone use are primarily those of privacy and safety. Some Connecticut stakeholders expressed interest in commercial use of drones, and are concerned that lack of timely FAA regulations limited the potential positive economic impact of drones.

    House Bill 5217 - Connecticut State House
    To: (1) Establish the crime of "criminal use of an unmanned aircraft", and require persons convicted of using an unmanned aircraft that is equipped with a deadly weapon to be subject to registration under the deadly weapon offender registry; (2) establish standards for the use of unmanned aircraft by law enforcement agencies; and (3) provide for regulations to be adopted concerning the use of unmanned aircraft in any state airspace that is not subject to federal regulation.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Delware

    Delaware House Bill No. 195
    AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS.

    An Act To Amend Title 11 of the Delaware Code Relating to Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
    This bill creates the crime of unlawful use of an unmanned aircraft system. The bill prohibits unmanned aircraft systems from flying over sporting events, concerts, automobile races, festivals, and events at which more than 5000 people are in attendance and critical infrastructure in the State of Delaware. The penalty for the crime is an unclassified misdemeanor for a first offense and a class A misdemeanor for a second or subsequent offense unless injury occurs to a person or property damage occurs as a result of a violation in which case it is a Class G. Felony.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Florida

    Florida Senate Bill No. 766
    Surveillance by a Drone; Prohibiting a person, a state agency, or a political subdivision from using a drone to capture an image of privately owned real property or of the owner, tenant, occupant, invitee, or licensee of such property with the intent to conduct surveillance without his or her written consent if a reasonable expectation of privacy exists; authorizing the use of a drone by a person or entity engaged in a business or profession licensed by the state in certain circumstances, etc.

    Florida House Bill No. 119
    An act relating to searches and seizures; creating the "Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act"; defining the terms "drone" and "law enforcement agency"; prohibiting a law enforcement agency from using a drone to gather evidence or other information; providing exceptions; authorizing an aggrieved party to initiate a civil action in order to prevent or remedy a violation of the act; prohibiting a law enforcement agency from using in any court of law in this state evidence obtained or collected in violation of the act; providing an effective date.

    Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 766
    An act relating to surveillance by a drone; amending s. 934.50, F.S.; defining terms; prohibiting a person, a state agency, or a political subdivision from using a drone to capture an image of privately owned real property or of the owner, tenant, occupant, invitee, or licensee of such property with the intent to conduct surveillance without his or her written consent if a reasonable expectation of privacy exists; specifying when a reasonable expectation of privacy may be presumed; authorizing the use of a drone by a person or entity engaged in a business or profession licensed by the state in certain circumstances; authorizing the use of a drone by an employee or contractor of a property appraiser for the purpose of assessing property for ad valorem taxation; authorizing the use of a drone by or on behalf of certain utilities for specified purposes; authorizing the use of a drone for aerial mapping under certain circumstances; authorizing the use of a drone for delivering cargo under certain circumstances; authorizing the use of a drone to capture certain images under certain circumstances; providing that an owner, tenant, occupant, invitee, or licensee may initiate a civil action for compensatory damages and may seek injunctive relief against a person, a state agency, or a political subdivision that violates the act; providing for construction; providing for the recovery of attorney fees and punitive damages; specifying that remedies provided by the act are cumulative to other remedies; providing an effective date.

    Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act
    Searches and Seizures; Citing this act as the “Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act”; prohibiting a law enforcement agency from using a drone to gather evidence or other information; authorizing an aggrieved party to initiate a civil action in order to prevent or remedy a violation of the act; prohibiting a law enforcement agency from using in any court of law in this state evidence obtained or collected in violation of the act, etc.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Georgia

    Georgia House Bill No. 5
    A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 3 of Chapter 11 of Title 16 of the O.C.G.A., relating to invasions of privacy, so as to provide for a definition; to provide for the lawful use of unmanned aircraft; to prohibit the capturing of certain images by unmanned aircraft; to prohibit the possession, disclosure, display, distribution, or other use of such improperly captured images; to provide for penalties; to provide for defenses to prosecution; to restrict the use of such images; to provide for civil actions for violations; to provide for rule-making authority for the Department of Public Safety for law enforcement use of such unmanned aircraft; to provide for certain reports; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date and applicability; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

    Georgia House Bill No. 44
    A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 2 of Title 6 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the regulation of aeronautics, aircraft, and airports, so as to provide for definitions; to prohibit the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles in certain areas; to amend Code Section 51-9-9 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to interference with property rights, so as to provide for an exception to the right of action; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

    2015-2016 Regular Session - HB 5
    Unmanned aircraft; provide lawful use; prohibit capturing certain images; provisions

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

    Georgia Drone Laws
    Drone use is allowed in Georgia, but there are several Georgia drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country.

    HR 744
    This report is submitted pursuant to the following resolution: HR 744 which created the House Study Committee on the Use of Drones, to which members were appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives

  • Hawaii

    Hawaii Senate Bill No. 1329
    An act relating to searches and seizures; creating the "Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act"; defining the terms "unmanned aircraft system" and "law enforcement agency"; prohibiting a law enforcement agency, person, entity, state or local public agency from using an unmanned aircraft system to gather evidence or other information; providing exceptions; authorizing an aggrieved party to initiate a civil action in order to prevent or remedy a violation of the act; prohibiting a law enforcement agency from using in any court of law in this state evidence obtained or collected in violation of the act; providing an effective date.

    Hawaii House Bill No. 637
    Amend the offenses of violation of privacy in the first and second degrees to specifically address the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or "drones" in the commission of these offenses.

    Hawaii (Research)
    In 2013, the state legislature granted $100,000 to advance new training programs in unmanned aviation.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Idaho

    Idaho Senate Bill No. 1134
    RELATING TO AERONAUTICS; AMENDING CHAPTER 2, TITLE 21, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 21-213, IDAHO CODE, TO DEFINE A TERM, TO ESTABLISH PROVISIONS RELATING TO RESTRICTIONS ON THE USE OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS, TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS, TO PROVIDE FOR A CIVIL CAUSE OF ACTION, TO PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN DAMAGES AND TO PROVIDE THAT AN OWNER OF CERTAIN FACILITIES SHALL NOT BE PROHIBITED FROM USING AN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM TO INSPECT SUCH FACILITIES.

    Idaho (Law Enforcement)
    With the passage of a bill in April, 2013, Idaho became the second state to pass a bill aimed specifically at law enforcement use of drones (and the first to be signed into law). The Idaho Statesman points out that the bill allows for many exceptions since it "exempts emergency responses for safety, search and rescue operations, and controlled substance investigations."

    AERONAUTICS
    RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS -- DEFINITION -- VIOLATION -- CAUSE OF ACTION AND DAMAGES. (1) (a) For the purposes of this section, the term "unmanned aircraft system" (UAS) means an unmanned aircraft vehicle, drone, remotely piloted vehicle, remotely piloted aircraft or remotely operated aircraft that is a powered aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator, can fly autonomously or remotely and can be expendable or recoverable. (b) Unmanned aircraft system does not include: (i) Model flying airplanes or rockets including, but not necessarily limited to, those that are radio controlled or otherwise remotely controlled and that are used purely for sport or recreational purposes; and (ii) An unmanned aircraft system used in mapping or resource management. (2) (a) Absent a warrant, and except for emergency response for safety, search and rescue or controlled substance investigations, no person, entity or state agency shall use an unmanned aircraft system to intentionally conduct surveillance of, gather evidence or collect information about, or photographically or electronically record specifically targeted persons or specifically targeted private property including, but not limited to: (i) An individual or a dwelling owned by an individual and such dwelling's curtilage, without such individual's written consent; (ii) A farm, dairy, ranch or other agricultural industry without the written consent of the owner of such farm, dairy, ranch or other agricultural industry. (b) No person, entity or state agency shall use an unmanned aircraft system to photograph or otherwise record an individual, without such individual's written consent, for the purpose of publishing or otherwise publicly disseminating such photograph or recording. (3) Any person who is the subject of prohibited conduct under subsection (2) of this section shall: (a) Have a civil cause of action against the person, entity or state agency for such prohibited conduct; and (b) Be entitled to recover from any such person, entity or state agency damages in the amount of the greater of one thousand dollars ($1,000) or actual and general damages, plus reasonable attorney's fees and other litigation costs reasonably incurred. (4) An owner of facilities located on lands owned by another under a valid easement, permit, license or other right of occupancy is not prohibited in this section from using an unmanned aircraft system to aerially inspect such facilities.

    SENATE BILL NO. 1213
    RELATING TO FISH AND GAME; AMENDING SECTION 36-1101, IDAHO CODE, TO PROHIBIT 3 THE USE OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS FOR HUNTING, MOLESTING OR LOCATING 4 GAME ANIMALS, GAME BIRDS AND FURBEARING ANIMALS.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Illinois

    Illinois House Bill No. 1652
    AN ACT concerning wildlife...(10) uses a drone in a way that interferes with another person's lawful taking of wildlife or aquatic life. For the purposes of this paragraph (10), "drone" means any aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator.

    Illinois (Law Enforcement)
    In 2014, Illinois passed SB 2937, which requires police to adhere to search-warrant regulations already in place when using drones. However, the use of drones by law enforcement during a natural disaster or health emergency will be loosened. The Prairie State passed laws in 2013 banning harassment of hunters by drones as well as requiring warrants for most police use of UAVs. The law takes an added step by requiring the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (CJIA) to "publish on its publicly available website a concise report that lists every law enforcement agency that owns a drone, and for each of those agencies, the number of drones that it owns."

    Senate Bill 2937 - The Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act
    AN ACT concerning criminal law. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: Section 5. The Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act is amended by changing Section 15 and by adding Section 40 as follows: (725 ILCS 167/15) Sec. 15. Exceptions. This Act does not prohibit the use of a drone by a law enforcement agency: (1) To counter a high risk of a terrorist attack by a specific individual or organization if the United States Secretary of Homeland Security determines that credible intelligence indicates that there is that risk.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

    Public Act 099-0649
    Section 5. The Unmanned Aerial System Oversight Task Force Act is amended by changing Sections 15 and 20 as follows:

  • Indiana

    Indiana House Bill No. 1009
    Synopsis: Requires a law enforcement officer to obtain a search warrant in order to use an unmanned aerial vehicle, with certain exceptions. . .

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

    Indiana HB 1013
    AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning criminal law and procedure.

    HB 1246
    HB 1246 prohibits the use of UAS to scout game during hunting season.

    HB 1246
    HB 1246 prohibits the use of UAS to scout game during hunting season.

  • Iowa

    Iowa Senate File No. 67
    An Act prohibiting the use of automated or remote traffic law enforcement systems, requiring removal of existing systems, and including effective date provisions.

    Iowa (Law Enforcement)
    As reported in DRONELIFE in April 2014, an Iowa Senate bill prohibits "state or local law enforcement authorities from using unmanned aerial vehicles for traffic enforcement [and] states that evidence obtained by law enforcement using an unmanned aerial vehicle is not admissible in a criminal or civil trial unless it was obtained legally pursuant to a search warrant or in a manner that is consistent with state and federal law." The bill was signed into law in May, 2014.

    Iowa House File No. 2289
    AN ACT RELATING TO THE REGULATION AND USE OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Kansas

    Kansas House Bill No. 2697
    AN ACT enacting the unmanned aerial vehicle regulation and privacy act.

    Kansas Senate Bill No. 409
    Restricting the use of images obtained from the use of unmanned vehicles or aircraft.

    HB 2394
    Prohibiting the use of drones by law enforcement.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

    Kansas SB 319
    Kansas SB 319 expands the definition of harassment in the Protection from Stalking Act to include certain uses of UAS.

  • Kentucky

    Kentucky House Bill No. 12
    AN ACT relating to drone surveillance. Create a new section of KRS Chapter 500 to define "drone"; prohibit a law enforcement agency from using a drone to gather evidence or other information; provide exceptions; prohibit use of evidence obtained in violation; provide that the Act may be cited as the "Citizens" Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act.

    Kentucky House Bill No. 342
    AN ACT relating to drone surveillance. Create a new section of KRS Chapter 500 to define 'drone,' 'law enforcement agency,' and 'prohibited agency'; prohibit a law enforcement agency from using a drone to gather evidence or other information; provide exceptions; prohibit use of evidence obtained in violation; provide that the Act may be cited as the 'Citizens' Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Louisiana

    Lousiana Senate Bill No. 183
    Provides for the regulation of unmanned aerial systems in agricultural commercial operations.

    Louisiana Senate Bill No. 330
    To enact Chapter 36 of Title 40 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, comprised of R.S. 40:2901 and 2902, and R.S. 14:322.1, relative to the use and regulation of unmanned aircraft; to enact the "Deterrence of Reconnaissance Over Noncriminal Entities Act"; to create the crime of illegal use of unmanned aircraft to capture images; to provide definitions; to provide exceptions; to provide criminal and civil penalties; to provide relative to the use of unmanned aircraft by law enforcement agencies; to provide reporting requirements; and to provide for related matters.

    Louisiana (Law Enforcement)
    The Louisiana State Senate failed to pass legislation in April, 2014 that would have implemented extensive drone regulation in the Bayou State. In June 2014, the state of Louisiana did enact HB 1029, establishing the "crime of unlawful use of [a UAV]." Unlawful use is defined as conducting "surveillance of a targeted facility without the owner's prior written consent and is punishable by a fine of up to $500 dollars and six months of jail time.

    Louisiana Drone Law
    HB1029 by Representative Terry Landry CRIME: Creates the crime of unlawful aiming of a laser at an aircraft Current Status: Signed by the Governor - Act 661

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

    SB 73
    Louisiana SB 73 adds intentionally crossing a police cordon using a drone to the crime of obstructing an officer. Allows law enforcement or fire department personnel to disable the UAS if it endangers the public or an officer's safety.

    HB 19
    HB 19 prohibits using a drone to conduct surveillance of, gather evidence or collect information about, or take photo or video of a school, school premises, or correctional facilities. Establishes a penalty of a fine of up to $2,000 and up to six months in jail.

    HB 335
    HB 335 authorizes the establishment of registration and licensing fees for UAS, with a limit of $100.

  • Maine

    Maine Legislative Document No. 25
    An Act To Protect the Privacy of Citizens from Domestic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Uses

    Maine Legislative Document No. 236
    An Act To Protect the Privacy of Citizens from Domestic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Use

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Maryland

    Maryland Senate Bill No. 926
    AN ACT concerning Criminal Procedure - Government Drone Use - Limitations FOR the purpose of requiring the use of a drone by an agent of the State or a political subdivision of the State to fully comply with certain requirements and guidelines...

    Maryland (Research/Privacy)
    The Maryland General Assembly appropriated $500,000 in 2013 to launch one of six federally sanctioned UAS test sites. Although the state lost its bid to Virginia, the Baltimore Sun reports: "Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey signed an agreement this year to collaborate on drone research." In 2013, the Assembly's Judiciary Committee killed a bill that would have prohibited "any agent of the state or a political subdivision of the state from operating a drone for the purpose of receiving or disclosing information acquired through the operation of the drone except under specific circumstances."

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Massachusetts

    Massachusetts Bill, Senate No. 1835
    An Act to regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles

    Massachusetts (Law Enforcement)
    As earlier reported in DRONELIFE, a bill that would "ban the use of weaponized drones in Massachusetts' and ... limit the government's use of drones to special circumstances," is being debated in committee. Circumstances include: "the execution of a warrant; observation, as long as the information cannot be used as evidence in a criminal proceeding or investigation or used for any intelligence purpose; and emergencies, such as when a threat to human life or safety is imminent."

    Bill S.1664
    An Act to regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. By Mr. Hedlund, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1664) of Robert L. Hedlund, Kay Khan, Timothy J. Toomey, Jr., Michael R. Knapik and other members of the General Court for legislation to regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Transportation.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Michigan

    Michigan Senate Bill No. 55
    Natural resources; hunting; use of unmanned vehicles or devices to interfere with or harass another individual who is hunting or fishing; prohibit.

    Michigan (Law Enforcement/General Regulation)
    State Rep. Tom McMillin has introduced two House bills that take regulation a step further, requiring state officials to get legislative approval before acquiring a UAV. The bills make provisions for the authorization and regulation of the use of unmanned vehicles and make it illegal to arm a drone aircraft with legal force within state boundaries. Under the measure, an individual must also give consent before they can be recorded by drone aircraft.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Minnesota

    Minnesota House File No. 986
    Unmanned aerial camera usage to gather evidence by law enforcement agencies prohibited, and civil actions authorized

    Minnesota House File No. 1994
    Law enforcement agencies prohibited from using unmanned aerial cameras to gather evidence on individuals without a warrant or imminent threat.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Mississippi

    Mississippi House Bill No. 719
    AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 49-7-147, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF UNMANNED SYSTEMS TO CONDUCT VIDEO SURVEILLANCE OF OR TO INTERFERE WITH A PERSON ENGAGED IN LAWFUL HUNTING OR FISHING ACTIVITIES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

    Mississippi House Bill No. 347
    AN ACT TO REGULATE USE OF DRONES; TO PROVIDE DEFINITIONS; TO PROHIBIT ANY PERSON FROM USING A DRONE TO CAPTURE UNAUTHORIZED IMAGES; TO PROVIDE EXEMPTIONS FOR CERTAIN IMAGES THAT ARE CAPTURED; TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THIS ACT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Missouri

    Missouri House Bill No. 931
    Expands the crime of invasion of privacy to include the use of a drone to photograph, film, videotape, produce, or otherwise create an image of another person without his or her consent.

    Missouri House Bill No. 1204
    Establishes the Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act that prohibits the use of drones or other unmanned aircrafts to gather evidence or other information with specified exceptions

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Montana

    Montana House Bill No. 593
    Establish the Montana unmanned model aerial vehicle act.

    Montana (Law Enforcement/Privacy)
    According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a Montana State Senate bill "limits when information gained from the use of unmanned aerial vehicles may be admitted as evidence in any prosecution or proceeding within the state." The bill was signed into law in 2013.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Nebraska

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Nevada

    Nevada Assembly Bill No. 239
    Regulates operators of unmanned aerial vehicles in this State.

    Nevada (Research)
    In 2013, Nevada appropriated $4 million in expectation of being chosen as one of six FAA drone test sites - a designation it received in June.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • New Hampshire

    New Hampshire House Bill No. 602
    This bill regulates the use of drones by government agencies and individuals. It establishes criminal penalties and civil remedies for violations of the law.

    New Hampshire House Bill No. 240
    Prohibiting law enforcement agencies from using a drone to collect evidence.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • New Jersey

    New Jersey Assembly, No. 4344
    Criminalizes using drones to conduct surveillance of or fly over critical infrastructures; requires certain drones to be registered and insured.

    New Jersey Senate, No. 2310
    Sets forth certain standards to be followed by law enforcement agencies and fire departments when utilizing drones.

    New Jersey Assembly, No. 2147
    New Jersey Assembly, No. 2147 Sets forth certain restriction regarding use of drones by law enforcement entities, forest fire departments, and entertainment venues.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • New Mexico

    New Mexico Senate Bill 303
    RELATING TO PRIVACY; ENACTING THE FREEDOM FROM UNWARRANTED SURVEILLANCE ACT; PROVIDING PENALTIES.

    New Mexico Senate Bill 82
    RELATING TO WILDLIFE; PROHIBITING THE USE OF DRONES IN HUNTING; PROVIDING PENALTIES.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • New York

    New York Assembly Bill 3597B
    Criminalizes the unlawful use of an unmanned aircraft.

    New York Assembly Bill 1247
    AN ACT to amend the civil rights law, in relation to imposing limitations on the use of drones within the state.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • North Carolina

    North Carolina Senate Bill No. 312
    An Act to regulate the use of drones to conduct searches.

    North Carolina (General Regulation/Safety)
    In June, the Tar Heel State passed a sweeping measure that will allow and regulate drone use, paving the way for specific state regulation of UAVs. House Bill 1099, which passed without discussion, permits commercial use of drones in North Carolina with some caveats. The measure prohibits using a drone to damage or disrupt any manned aircraft operation; deploying any drone armed with any weapons; photographing or recording any persons with a drone or publishing drone-recorded photos without consent (unless the photos are recorded at "newsworthy events or events to which the public is invited"). The bill also provides protections to citizens in the case of law-enforcement searches, surveillance and investigation. The bill may have been sparked by a report of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) indicating that drone-based industries "could create roughly 7,500 jobs in North Carolina by 2017." One key provision of the law recently went into effect in December, 2014 and bars animal-rights activists such as PETA from using drones to monitor hunters.

    House Bill 1099 - Unmanned Aircraft Regulation
    A bill to be entitled an act to regulate the use of unmanned aircraft systems, as recommended by the Legislative Research Commission's Committee on Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • North Dakota

    North Dakota House Bill No. 1328
    AN ACT to provide for limitations on the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle for surveillance.

    North Dakota (Research/Law Enforcement)
    In 2013, the North Dakota legislature approved $1 million from the state's general fund in its bid for FAA approval as a UAS test site. The appropriation proved to be money well spent as the "Peace Garden State" became the first test site to garner federal approval. A provision in the law also triggered an additional $4 million in state funds should the test site get off the ground. North Dakota's innovative approach has led to some pundits dubbing the state the "Silicon Valley for drones." In 2013, the state passed a bill limiting law-enforcement use of drones similar to that passed by other legislatures. Ohio: In 2014, Ohio enacted HB 292 which creates the state's first aerospace and aviation technology committee which will research and develop aviation technology including UAVs.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Ohio

    Ohio House Bill No. 228
    To amend sections 2981.01 and 2981.02 and to enact section 2917.48 of the Revised Code to prohibit the commission of any of a list of specified offenses by using a drone or by directing or supervising another person's use of a drone.

    Ohio House Bill No. 218
    To enact sections 4561.50 and 4561.51 of the Revised Code to regulate the operation of drones near airports and to impose certain record-keeping requirements on retail sellers of drones.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Oklahoma

    Oklahoma Senate Bill No. 503
    An Act relating to aircraft; restricting the use of drones; defining terms; prohibiting law enforcement agencies use of drones to gather certain information; prohibiting use of certain drones; providing penalty; prohibiting use of drones for certain purpose; providing penalty; providing exception; stating certain evidence as nonadmissible; providing for codification; providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency.

    Oklahoma (Strategy/Emergency Services):
    In 2012, the Oklahoma Governor's Office commissioned A Strategic Plan for the Development of an Unmanned Aerial Systems Enterprise. At the local level, Oklahoma City fire officials are "studying the use of drones to battle wild fires, providing real-time video of the fire area and changing wind directions."

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

    BILL NO. 2599
    An Act relating to unmanned aircraft; defining terms; prohibiting operation of an unmanned aircraft over a critical infrastructure facility; excepting conduct of specified entities or persons; prescribing punishment for violation; providing for codification; and providing an effective date.

  • Oregon

    Oregon Senate Bill No. 71
    Imposes restrictions on use of drones by private parties and public entities.

    Oregon
    UAV laws in Oregon allow law enforcement agencies to use UAVs to track an individual fleeing a crime scene, to survey natural disasters, reconstruct crime scenes, and help with search and rescue. The July, 2013 statute dictates that the state will govern use of drones, not local municipalities. Public bodies, such as universities, must register their drones before takeoff.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

    Exemplary Law: Oregon Drone bill
    In July 2013, Oregon enacted legislation to limit the use of drones by law enforcement to prevent mass and/or suspicionless surveillance and provides a civil action against drone operators who fly lower than 400 feet over private property.

    House Bill 4066
    Relating to unmanned aircraft systems; creating new provisions; amending ORS 163.700, 164.885, 498.128, 837.300, 837.360, 837.365 and 837.380; and declaring an emergency.

  • Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania (Hunting):
    The Keystone State is leading the way in hunter safety and poaching enforcement. Responding to a PETA campaign to deploy drones to watch poachers, state legislators have introduced bills that would prohibit "using an unmanned aircraft in a manner that interferes with another person's lawful taking of game or wildlife" and apply the same ban to anyone interfering with anglers as well.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

    Regular Session 2013-2014 Senate Bill 1332
    An Act amending Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for the definition of "unmanned aircraft"; in game or wildlife protection, further providing for disturbance of game or wildlife; and, in hunting and furtaking, further providing for interference with lawful taking of wildlife or other activities permitted by this title prohibited.

  • Rhode Island

    Rhode Island House Bill No. 5453
    AN ACT RELATING TO AERONAUTICS (Establishes registration requirements and operational restrictions for unpiloted aerial vehicles, remotely piloted aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems, and criminalizes the invasion of privacy by use of such aircraft.)

    Rhode Island House Bill No. 7170
    AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (would regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, and would delete the process by which applications for use of such vehicles are made)

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

    2016 -- H 7511 SUBSTITUTE B
    Rhode Island HB 7511 gives exclusive regulatory authority over UAS to the state of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, subject to federal law.

    2016 -- S 3099
    AN ACT RELATING TO AERONAUTICS -- UNPILOTED AERIAL VEHICLE REGULATION

  • South Carolina

    South Carolina Senate Bill No. 498
    TO AMEND ARTICLE 7, CHAPTER 11, TITLE 16 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO TRESPASSES AND UNLAWFUL USE OF LAND OF OTHERS, BY ADDING SECTION 16-11-605, TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL TO WILFULLY CAUSE OR ALLOW CERTAIN AERIAL VEHICLES, COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS DRONES, TO ENTER UPON OR ABOVE THE LAND OF ANOTHER, TO PROVIDE EXEMPTIONS, AND TO PROVIDE FOR PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS; TO AMEND CHAPTER 13, TITLE 17, RELATING TO ARREST, PROCESS, SEARCHES, AND SEIZURES, BY ADDING SECTION 17-13-180, TO PROVIDE THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES MAY NOT USE CERTAIN AERIAL VEHICLES, COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS DRONES FOR INVESTIGATIVE PURPOSES WITHOUT A WARRANT, TO PROVIDE FOR EXCEPTIONS, TO PROVIDE FOR A CIVIL CAUSE OF ACTION FOR VIOLATIONS, AND TO PROVIDE THAT EVIDENCE OBTAINED IN VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION IS INADMISSIBLE.

    South Carolina House Bill No. 3415
    TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, TO ENACT THE "FREEDOM FROM UNWARRANTED SURVEILLANCE ACT" BY ADDING SECTION 17-13-180 SO AS TO DEFINE NECESSARY TERMS, TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF DRONES BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY TO GATHER EVIDENCE OR OTHER INFORMATION WITHOUT A SEARCH WARRANT, TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS TO THE PROHIBITION, TO ALLOW AN AGGRIEVED PARTY TO BRING A CIVIL ACTION AGAINST A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY FOR A VIOLATION, AND TO PROVIDE EVIDENCE OR INFORMATION OBTAINED IN VIOLATION OF THE STATUTE CANNOT BE USED IN A CRIMINAL PROSECUTION IN THIS STATE.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • South Dakota

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Tennessee

    Tennessee House Bill No. 1952
    As enacted, prohibits the use of drones to interfere with private citizens who are lawfully hunting or fishing in certain situations.

    Tennessee (Law Enforcement)
    In 2013, the Tennessee General Assembly passed SB796 (PDF), which allows law enforcement to use drones only with a proper search warrant with the exception of countering "high-risk terrorist attacks" or if "swift action is needed to prevent imminent danger to life." In 2014, Tennessee passed SB 1777, a law that makes it a class C misdemeanor to use drone-captured video footage of a hunter or angler being without their consent, and SB 1892 which also brands as a class C misdemeanor the use a drone to "intentionally conduct surveillance of an individual or their property" and the possession or distribution of images captured in such a manner.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

    Tennessee SB 2106
    Tennessee SB 2106 creates the crime of using a drone to fly within 250 feet of a critical infrastructure facility for the purpose of conducting surveillance or gathering information about the facility.

    HB 2376
    HB 2376 clarifies that it is permissible for a person to use UAS on behalf of either a public or private institution of higher education, rather than just public insitutions.

  • Texas

    Texas House Bill No. 912
    AN ACT relating to images captured by unmanned aircraft and other images and recordings; providing penalties.

    Texas (General Regulation)
    They say everything's bigger in Texas and that seems to apply to UAV regulation. In 2013, the state enacted HB 912, an omnibus bill that identifies 19 lawful uses for drones. According to Texas Monthly, the bill contains provisions that fly in the opposite direction of most other state laws in that it opens a wide gap for possible law-enforcement abuse - identifying a "laughably long 'nonapplicability' section (38 exceptions!)" for policing agencies. The report adds: "None of those are quite as depressingly hilarious as a Texas law that's designed to protect oil pipelines from being photographed by environmentalists while allowing for law enforcement agencies to surveil citizens based on a legal standard that's only one step up from a hunch, but our law at least also allows for drones to be used by 'a Texas licensed real estate broker in connection with the marketing, sale, or financing of real property.'"

    Texas Privacy Act
    AN ACT relating to images captured by unmanned aircraft and other images and recordings; providing penalties.

    Sovereignty and use of airspace
    (1) The United States Government has exclusive sovereignty of airspace of the United States. (2) A citizen of the United States has a public right of transit through the navigable airspace. To further that right, the Secretary of Transportation shall consult with the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board established under section 502 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 792) before prescribing a regulation or issuing an order or procedure that will have a significant impact on the accessibility of commercial airports or commercial air transportation for handicapped individuals.

    USE OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT
    Sec. 423.001. DEFINITION. In this chapter, "image" means any capturing of sound waves, thermal, infrared, ultraviolet, visible light, or other electromagnetic waves, odor, or other conditions existing on or about real property in this state or an individual located on that property. Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1390 (H.B. 912), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

    H.B. A No. A 3628
    Texas HB 3628 permits the creation of rules governing the use of UAS in the Capitol Complex and provides that a violation of those rules is a Class B misdemeanor.

  • Utah

    Utah House Bill No. 296
    This bill amends the provisions of Title 63G, Chapter 18, Government Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Act.

    Utah
    Legislation passed in April, 2014 prevents law enforcement from using UAVs for spying on civilians, unless a search warrant has been granted by a judge. However, drones can not be deployed in situations where a warrant is unnecessary (search-and-rescue, speed-enforcement operations, etc). All state government agencies are required make all information about drone use accessible to the public.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Vermont

    Vermont House Bill No. 302
    An act relating to regulating the use of drones.

    Vermont House Bill No. 540
    Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish regulations for the use of drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles. The bill proposes to permit a law enforcement agency to use a drone only if the agency obtains a warrant or if emergency circumstances exist.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Virginia

    Virginia House Bill No. 2077
    Creates a Class 1 misdemeanor for the operation, manufacture, sale, or distribution of an unmanned aircraft system (drone) as a weapon or to deliver a weapon. The bill provides that no governmental agency or organization having jurisdiction over criminal or regulatory violations, including the Department of State Police, nor any local law-enforcement department, may procure a public unmanned aircraft system (drone aircraft) without the approval of the General Assembly or the local governing body, respectively. The bill requires a warrant for governmental use of such an aircraft.

    Virginia (Law Enforcement)
    In 2013, Virginia became the first state to pass a law regulating drone use. According to US News and World Report, "the measures require that no state or local law enforcement agency 'shall utilize an unmanned aircraft system before July 1, 2015.'" The law provides exceptions allowing state officials to launch UAVs including, National Guard deployment, Amber Alerts, search and rescue, as well as use by colleges and universities.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Washington

    Washington House Bill No. 2178
    AN ACT Relating to unmanned aircraft; adding a new chapter to Title 2 14 RCW; and prescribing penalties.

    Washington (General Regulation)
    Legislators in the "Evergreen State" face a forest of complications as the legislature struggles to construct new drone policy. Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed lawmakers' first effort to regulate UAVs in April. In late June, the Legislature (as reported in the LA Times) took "another stab at creating controls ... and focused on privacy issues." The report added: "And after three hours of polite but often circular discussion about the gadgets - which can fight fires, film movies, bomb enemies and, perhaps, someday deliver goods to your door - only one thing was abundantly clear: Something has to be done."

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • West Virginia

    West Virginia House Bill No. 2732
    A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated 1-7-1, 1-7-2, 1-7-3, 1-7-4, 1-7-5 and 1-7-6, all relating to creating the Freedom From Unwarranted Surveillance Act; prohibiting the use of drones; providing exceptions; providing remedies; prohibiting the use of evidence; and defining terms.

    West Virginia House Bill No. 2948
    A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated 1-7-1, 1-7-2, 1-7-3, 1-7-4, 1-7-5 and 1-7-6, all relating to creating the Freedom From Unwarranted Surveillance Act; prohibiting the use of drones; providing exceptions; providing remedies; prohibiting the use of evidence; and defining terms.

    West Virginia Drone Law
    AN ACT to amend and reenact §20-2-4, §20-2-5, §20-2-5a, §20-2-5g,§20-2-22a and §20-2-42w of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Assembly Bill No. 90/Senate Bill No. 82
    No Wisconsin law enforcement agency may use a drone to gather evidence or other information in a criminal investigation from or at a place or location where an individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy without first obtaining a search warrant . . .

    Wisconsin
    Weaponizing a drone is considered a felony and law enforcement must obtain a warrant before using a drone to collect evidence in a criminal investigation. No warrant is required in the case of an emergency situation such as search and rescue or prevention of imminent danger.

    Senate Bill 196
    An Act to amend 114.04; and to create 175.55, 941.292, 942.10 and 972.113 of the statutes; Relating to: restricting the use of drones and providing a penalty. (FE)

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.

  • Wyoming

    Wyoming House Bill No. 18
    AN ACT relating to drones; specifying requirements for use of drones by law enforcement agencies; limiting use of information obtained with a drone by governmental entities; requiring reports; and providing for an effective date.

    Wyoming House Bill No. 105
    AN ACT relating to criminal procedure; requiring a warrant for unmanned aerial surveillance; providing for exceptions; prohibiting use of evidence obtained without required warrant; and providing for an effective date.

    House Bill No. HB0018
    AN ACT relating to drones; specifying requirements for use of drones by law enforcement agencies; limiting use of information obtained with a drone by governmental entities; requiring reports; and providing for an effective date.

    DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives. Click link to read more.