Why States Push Own Drone Bills

Consumer drones continue to grow in demand, popularity and usefulness, but so are the fears, concerns of those who still have to grapple and understand the new technology, not to mention the many mishaps caused by reckless, irresponsible drone piloting.

One of the main concerns of many people is privacy, and several states are said to have come up with their own proposed drone regulating measures.

With such concerns in mind, a number of state legislatures have passed drone-specific laws to protect privacy. Nevada, which hopes a drone test site designation could be an economic booster, is one of them. The Legislature unanimously approved a bill, effective Oct. 1, that prohibits the weaponization of drones and allows homeowners to file trespass charges involving drones in certain circumstances. It also requires law enforcement to obtain warrants for flying drones in the immediate area of a home, where there is an expectation of privacy. – Read more here:

Back in February, some states were reported to be considering their own laws to deal with privacy concerns, especially about surveillance.


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A report by OffNow said that 10 states were considering legislation that would restrict the use of drones as warrantless surveillance tools, establishing important privacy protections at the state level and thwarting the federal surveillance state. States considering placing limits on drones include California, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, Kentucky, Virginia, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Connecticut. – Read more at:

Another report talks of a proposed law that would allow the disabling or damaging of a drone during fires. According to the report, two lawmakers are taking steps to stop drones from interfering in firefighting efforts after several incidents in California. One bill, SB167, would increase fines and make jail time possible for drone use that interferes with firefighting efforts. […] Republican Sen. Ted Gaines of El Dorado and Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Glendale also announced SB168, which would grant immunity to emergency responders who damage drones during firefighting or rescue operations. – Read more at:

Such drone intrusions into restricted areas are indeed drawing the ire of concerned citizens. One article on Wired says: There are two ways to solve this problem: more education and more punishment. “Most hobbyists don’t know what to do versus not,” says Ella Atkins, associate professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan. Drone pilots may incorrectly think if they fly low enough, they won’t be a bother to firefighting aircraft. – Read more:

On the other hand, there are those who see no need for additional state measures, fearing these will impede the growth of the drone industry.  See more here:

Drone enthusiasts include hobbyists, makers, aerial photographers/filmmakers who see the awesome use of drones for their aerial photo services as well as film-making.


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