LETTER – bill regulating drone use gets Assembly approval

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick criminalizing the use of drones that endanger a person or property received General Assembly approval today.  The bill (AS3370/A5205) makes it a crime to use drones while intoxicated, hunting or conducting surveillance on a prison.

“Promoting the safety and privacy of private citizens is a priority,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “While drones can be a fun hobby, they can also be used to invade a person’s privacy by looking in someone’s window or filming property from above.  At worst, drones can be used by terrorists to carry out attacks. This is a common sense measure to help protect the public.”

The measure also makes it a crime to use a drone to interfere with a first responder during an emergency, and makes it a restraining order violation to use a drone near a person or location protected by the order.

Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin have laws pertaining to drone use near critical infrastructure. Similar legislation has also been introduced in California, Georgia, Hawaii, Mississippi and Pennsylvania.