Most States HaveTheir Respective Drone Regulations

In the absence of an official comprehensive, clearly defined drone policy from the FAA, most states have their respective drone regulations to contend with as they face mounting pressure to allow commercial drones to fly.

With many people, including journalists, photographers and filmmakers, clamoring to fly drones, and in the absence of FAA regulations, states have begun to address the issue. Nearly all states have considered drone legislation over the past few years. More than a dozen states have passed laws substantively regulating drones, with most of these laws addressing the use of drones by government agencies and focusing primarily on law enforcement use. Several states also have enacted laws regulating private drone use. These states have taken varying approaches,Ā have articulated permissible uses, created new causes of action and established new crimes. Read more here

State legislatures across the country are debating if and how UAS technology should be regulated, taking into account the benefits of their use, privacy concerns and their potential economic impact. So far, 20Ā states have enacted laws addressing UAS issues. Common issues addressed in the legislation include defining what a UAS, UAV or drone is, how they can be used by law enforcement or other state agencies, how they can be used by the general public, regulations for their use in hunting game and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS test sites. Read more at

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), said that in 2014, 35Ā states consideredĀ UAS orĀ UAV (also commonly calledĀ drones)Ā bills and resolutions; 10Ā states enacted new laws: Alaska, Illinios, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin. Read more about each of these states drone regulations here.


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