LETTER – bill regulating drone use signed by governor

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

“Drones can be a fun hobby, but they can also be used to invade a person’s privacy. At worst, drones can be used by terrorists to carry out attacks,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “This common sense law promotes safety and protects the privacy of private citizens.”

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.