DDIC Bill Map

As the proliferation of domestic drones increases, states across the nation are responding. While law enforcement and other governmental agencies are eager to get their hands on this eye-in-the-sky technology, there are currently almost no safeguards in place to protect citizens’ civil liberties. Government bodies throughout the country are working to change that and at the moment, legislation has been introduced at the federal level, in 39 states, and in numerous municipalities. These bill address and develop regulations and restrictions on the usage of domestic drones in relation to: Privacy warrants for surveillance and evidence gathering, data retention, weaponization, accountability.

Below is a list of the legislation that NACDL’s Domestic Drone Information Center is tracking. If you are aware of additional legislation, policy, or resolutions relating to domestic drone usage, please contact us at drones@nacdl.org. 

Alabama

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Alabama entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Alaska

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Alaska entry.

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Arizona

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Arizona entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Active Legislation

HB 2659 – Study Committee; Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

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Arkansas

Updated: 3/11/2015 - Print the Arkansas entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Active Legislation

HB 1770 - CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF AERONAUTICS; TO RESTRICT THE USE OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES; AND TO PROVIDE FOR CRIMINAL PENALTIES AND CIVIL LIABILITY.

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HB 1349 - CONCERNING THE USE OF AN UNMANNED VEHICLE OR AIRCRAFT TO COMMIT THE OFFENSE OF VOYEURISM OR VIDEO VOYEURISM.

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California

Updated: 4/9/2015 - Print the California entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Active Legislation

AB 14 - Unmanned aircraft systems: task force.

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AB 37 - 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.

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AB 56 - 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.

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SB 142 - An act to add Section 1708.83 to the Civil Code, relating to civil law.

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SB 262 - An act to add Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 11470) to Title 1 of Part 4 of the Penal Code, relating to unmanned aircraft systems.

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SB 263 - Protective orders: use of an unmanned aircraft system.

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SB 271 - An act to add Section 626.12 to the Penal Code, relating to unmanned aircraft systems.

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Colorado

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Colorado entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Active Legislation

HB 1115 – A person commits the crime of first degree criminal trespass if he or she is not a peace officer or other agent of a state or local government agency acting in his or her official capacity and he or she knowingly and intentionally uses an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to observe, record, transmit, or capture images of another person when the other person has a reasonable ...

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SB 59 – The bill permits law enforcement to use an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) under the following circumstances: ! When it receives a search warrant authorizing the use prior to the use; ! When it is needed to prevent imminent harm to life or to forestall the imminent escape of a suspect or the

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Connecticut

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Connecticut entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Active Legislation

SB 797 – AN ACT REGULATING THE USE OF DRONES. To create standards for use and penalties for misuse of drones.

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SB 971 – AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING THE CRIMINAL USE OF DRONES. To implement the program review and investigations committee recommendations concerning the criminal use of drones.

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SB 974 – AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING THE USE OF DRONES BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND OTHER STATE EMPLOYEES. To establish standards, registration and reporting requirements for the use of drones by law enforcement officers and other state employees.

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Delaware

Updated: 1/10/2014 - Print the Delaware entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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District of Columbia

Updated: 1/10/2014 - Print the District of Columbia entry.

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Florida

Updated: 3/13/2015 - Print the Florida entry.

Enacted Laws

Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act - Prohibits law enforcement agency from using drone to gather evidence or other information; provides exceptions; authorizes aggrieved party to initiate civil action in order to prevent or remedy violation; prohibits use of evidence obtained or collected in violation of act in criminal prosecution.

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Active Legislation

SB 1178 – Drone Surveillance; Citing this act as the ""Florida Drone Privacy Act""; requiring the Department of Law Enforcement to develop guidelines for the use of drones by state or local law enforcement agencies; specifying situations in which it is lawful to capture an image with a drone; providing criminal penalties, etc.

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HB 979 – Drone Surveillance; Designates act as ""Florida Drone Privacy Act""; requires FDLE to develop guidelines for use of drones by state or local law enforcement agencies; requires such law enforcement agencies to annually report to FDLE, & requires FDLE to annually report to Governor & Legislature, regarding drone usage; specifies situations in which it is lawful to capture image ...

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HB 649 – Surveillance by a Drone; Prohibits person, state agency, or political subdivision from using drone to capture an image of privately owned or occupied real property or of owner, tenant, or occupant of such property with intent to conduct surveillance without his or her written consent if reasonable expectation of privacy exists; specifies when reasonable expectation of privacy ...

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SB 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, or occupant 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 ...

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Georgia

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Georgia entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Active Legislation

HB 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 ...

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HB 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 ...

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HB 157 – A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 6-2-5 of the O.C.G.A., relating to lawful flight over lands and waters of this state, so as to provide that no aircraft shall be operated in the airspace above private property extending from the surface up to a distance of 100 feet above the surface for the purpose of searching or engaging in surveillance without a search ...

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Hawaii

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Hawaii entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Idaho

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Idaho entry.

Enacted Laws

 S 1134 – 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 airraft system to inspect such facilities.

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Active Legislation

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Illinois

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Illinois entry.

Enacted Laws

SB 2937 - Provides that except as provided in the Act, a law enforcement agency may not acquire information from or direct the acquisition of information through the use of a drone owned by a private third party. (Enacted as Public Act 098-0831) 

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SB 1587 - Creates the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act. Provides that a law enforcement agency may not use a drone to gather information. Permits the use of a drone by a law enforcement agency under special circumstances.(Enacted as Public Act 098-0569)  

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Active Legislation

HB 3996 - Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that a person also commits disorderly conduct when he or she knowingly uses a drone to harass or conduct surveillance of another person without the consent of that other person and with the intent to alarm or disturb that other person. Defines ""drone"". Provides that a violation is a Class A misdemeanor.

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HB 3421 - Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Adds to disorderly conduct for a person to knowingly operate any aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator in flight below the minimum altitudes of flight prescribed by the laws of this State or by rules of the Division of Aeronautics of the Department of Transportation of this State over any stadium, arena, or the real property or parking area of any stadium or arena, during times when more than 35 persons are present for an event, except as provided ...

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HB 3699 -Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that the exemption from a violation of the statute concerning hunter or fisherman interference for landowners, tenants, or lease holders exercising their legal rights to the enjoyment of land does not apply when those actions are knowingly or intentionally interfering with the lawful taking of wildlife or aquatic life by an adjacent landowner, tenant, or lease holder.

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SB 44 - WILDLIFE-PROHIBIT DRONE USE.

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SB 1371 -WILDLIFE-PROHIBIT DRONE USE.

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Indiana

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Indiana entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Active Legislation

SB 365 - Electronic documents. Defines ""electronic document"" and provides that an electronic document may be searched, seized, or intercepted only if it is particularly described in a warrant.

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SB 442 - Hunting wildlife. Removes exotic mammals from the animals that may be propagated or offered for hunting at a shooting preserve. Makes it a Class C misdemeanor to: (1) engage in computer assisted remote hunting or provide or operate a computer assisted remote hunting facility; (2) use an unmanned aerial vehicle to search for, scout, locate, or detect wildlife as an aid to hunt ...

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Iowa

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Iowa entry.

Enacted Laws

HF 2289 - Relating to the regulation of unmanned aerial vehicles, and providing penalties. Enacted as Iowa Chapter 1111.

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Active Legislation

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Kansas

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Kansas entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Active Legislation

HB 2397 – Unmanned aerial vehicle regulation and privacy act.

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Kentucky

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Kentucky entry.

Enacted Laws

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Active Legislation

HB 12 - 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.""

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SB 38 - Amend KRS 150.710 to prohibit the use of a drone to disrupt lawful hunting, trapping, or fishing; amend KRS 446.010 to define ""drone"".

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SB 56 - Amend KRS 150.710 to include unmanned aerial vehicles as a prohibited means of obstructing or disrupting the lawful taking of wildlife.

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Louisiana

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Louisiana entry.

Enacted Laws

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Maine

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Maine entry.

Enacted Laws

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Active Legislation

LD 25 - An Act To Protect The Privacy Of Citizens From Domestic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Uses.

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LD 482 - An Act To Prohibit Flying Over Land With Drones Without Written Permission From The Landowner.

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Maryland

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Maryland entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Active Legislation

HB 620 - Prohibiting, except under specified circumstances, a person from using a specified unmanned aircraft system to intentionally conduct surveillance of, gather evidence or collect information about, or photographically or electronically record a specified individual or property; and providing penalties for a violation of the Act of up to 1 year in prison or a fine of up to $2,500 or both.

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SB 370 - Providing that only the State may enact a law or take other action to prohibit, restrict, or regulate the testing or operation of unmanned aircraft systems; preempting specified county and municipal authority and proving that specified laws or ordinances are superseded; specifying that federal preemption is not affected by the Act; requiring the Department of Business and Economic Development, in consultation with the University of Maryland and other interested parties, to study specified ...

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Massachusetts

Updated: 3/13/2015 - Print the Massachusetts entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Active Legislation

HB 1322 – An Act to regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Michigan

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Michigan entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Active Legislation

SB 54 - To amend 1994 PA 451, entitled ""Natural resources and environmental protection act,"" by amending sections 40104, 40112, and 48703a (MCL 324.40104, 324.40112, and 324.48703a), section 40104 as added by 1995 PA 57, section 40112 as amended by 1996 PA 316, and section 48703a as amended by 2014 PA 281.

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SB 55 - To amend 1994 PA 451, entitled ""Natural resources and environmental protection act,"" by amending section 40111c (MCL 324.40111c), as added by 2008 PA 301.

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Minnesota

Updated: 3/23/2015 - Print the Minnesota entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Active Legislation

HF 1491 - Unmanned aerial vehicle use by law enforcement agencies regulated.

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SF 1299 - Drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) law enforcement use regulation.

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HF 1194 - Search warrant required for use of unmanned aerial vehicles, and law enforcement required to secure search warrant to receive electronic device location information.

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HF 1197 - Unmanned aerial vehicle use by law enforcement regulated.

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HF 786 - Law enforcement surveillance technology classified.

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HF 986 - Unmanned aerial camera usage to gather evidence by law enforcement agencies prohibited, and civil actions authorized.

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SF 685 - Drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) law enforcement use regulation.

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SF 686 - Drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) law enforcement use regulation; electronic devices location information government entities search warrant requirement.

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SF 1792 - Unmanned aerial cameras (drones) use by law enforcement agencies to gather evidence prohibition.

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Mississippi

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Mississippi entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Active Legislation

HB 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.

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HB 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.

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HB 1260 - AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT CAUSING AN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM TO ENTER THE LANDS OF ANOTHER WITHOUT PERMISSION CONSTITUTES A TRESPASS, AND THAT REPRODUCING THE IMAGE OF ANOTHER USING AN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM CAN CONSTITUTE AN INVASION OF PRIVACY; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

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Missouri

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Missouri entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Active Legislation

HB 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.

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Montana

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Montana entry.

Enacted Laws

SB 196 - limiting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles by law enforcement and private users and prohibiting the use of unlawfully obtained information as evidence in court.

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Active Legislation

HB 593 - Establish the Montana unmanned aerial vehicle act.

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HB 278 - Generally revise fish and game laws with respect to unmanned aerial vehicles.

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HB 586 - Revise laws related to aerial drones.

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Nebraska

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Nebraska entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Active Legislation

NACDL has not identified any pending legislation for this state.

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Nevada

Updated: 3/23/2015 - Print the Nevada entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Active Legislation

AB 239 - Regulates operators of unmanned aerial vehicles in this State. (BDR 44-8).

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SB 280 -Relating to unmanned aerial vehicles; authorizing the seizure and storage of certain unmanned aerial vehicles; providing for the licensing and regulation of unmanned aerial vehicle storage facilities; providing for the retrieval of evidence from unmanned aerial vehicles that have been used in criminal activities; providing a penalty; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

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Previously Introduced Legislation

NACDL has not identified any previously introduced legislation for this state.

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New Hampshire

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the New Hampshire entry.

Enacted Laws

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Active Legislation

HB 240 - This bill prohibits the use of drones to obtain evidence unless authorized in certain circumstances.

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HB 602 - Prohibits the use of drones to obtain evidence unless authorized in certain circumstances.

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SB 222 - This bill extends the prohibition on harassment of persons hunting, fishing, or trapping and adds the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to the activities prohibited. This bill is a request of the fish and game department.

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New Jersey

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the New Jersey entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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New Mexico

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the New Mexico entry.

Enacted Laws

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Active Legislation

HM 81 – STUDY PROTECTING WILDLIFE FROM DRONES

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SB 82 – NO USE OF DRONES FOR HUNTING

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SB 303 –FREEDOM FROM UNWARRANTED SURVEILLANCE ACT

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New York

Updated: 4/3/2015 - Print the New York entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Active Legislation

AB 1247 – Add S52-a, Civ Rts L Imposes limitations on the use of drones within the state.

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AB 2683 –Rodriguez Add S700.16, CP L Relates to protection against unwarranted surveillance.

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AB 3597 – McLaughlin, Robinson, Saladino, Simon Amd S240.00, add S240.80, Pen L Criminalizes the unlawful use of an unmanned aircraft.

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SB 411 –AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to prohibiting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the course of hunting.

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SB 1249 – AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to prohibiting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the course of hunting

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SB 1841 – AN ACT to amend the criminal procedure law, in relation to protecting against unwarranted surveillance

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AB 6713 – Regulates the use of unmanned aerial vehicles by the state and political subdivisions thereof.

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North Carolina

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the North Carolina entry.

Enacted Laws

S 402 – Regulates the use of drones to conduct searches.

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Active Legislation

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North Dakota

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the North Dakota entry.

Enacted Laws

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Active Legislation

HB 1328 – To provide for limitations on the use of unmanned aerial vehicle for surveillance.

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Ohio

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Ohio entry.

Enacted Laws

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Oklahoma

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Oklahoma entry.

Enacted Laws

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Active Legislation

HB 1295 - Aircraft; creating the Oklahoma Unmanned Aerial Surveillance Act; effective date.

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SB 492 - Torts; providing civil immunity for damage or destruction of a drone on personal property. Effective date.

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SB 503 - Aircraft; restricting the use of drones. Effective date. Emergency.

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Oregon

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Oregon entry.

Enacted Laws

HB 2710 - Relating to drones; declaring an emergency. Provides that drone may be used by law enforcement agency for purpose of surveillance of person only pursuant to warrant or in emergency circumstances.

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Active Legislation

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Pennsylvania

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Pennsylvania entry.

Enacted Laws

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Active Legislation

HB 409 – An Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in wiretapping and electronic surveillance, providing for unmanned aircraft surveillance.

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Puerto Rico

Updated: 1/14/2014 - Print the Puerto Rico entry.

Enacted Laws

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Previously Introduced Legislation

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Rhode Island

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Rhode Island entry.

Enacted Laws

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South Carolina

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the South Carolina entry.

Enacted Laws

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Active Legislation

S 498 - A bill 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 ...

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H 3510 - A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 17-13-180 SO AS TO DEFINE NECESSARY TERMS, PROHIBIT THE OPERATION OF A PUBLIC UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM AND THE DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACQUIRED THROUGH THE OPERATION OF A PUBLIC UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM, TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS, AND TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS.

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South Dakota

Updated: 1/10/2014 - Print the South Dakota entry.

Enacted Laws

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Previously Introduced Legislation

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Tennessee

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Tennessee entry.

Enacted Laws

HB 153 - Criminal Offenses - As introduced, prohibits the use of an unmanned aircraft to capture an image, without the venue owner and operators consent, of an individual or event at an open-air event venue wherein more than 100 individuals could gather for an event. - Amends TCA Title 39.

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Active Legislation

HB 486 - Remedies and Special Proceedings - As introduced, creates civil cause of action against any person for physical invasion of privacy or for attempting to capture a visual image, sound recording, or any other physical impression of a person engaging in personal or familial activities; imposes civil liability, under limited circumstances, for the publication or other use of images or recordings captured through such violation; establishes exceptions for law enforcement activities. - Amends TCA Title 20; Title 29; Title 39; Title 40 and Title 66.

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SB 39 - Law Enforcement - As introduced, prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from owning or using certain military vehicles, aircraft, and weaponry; requires the divestiture or destruction of such vehicles, aircraft, or weaponry prior to January 1, 2016. - Amends TCA Title 38, Chapter 1 and Title 38, Chapter 3.

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SB 509 - Criminal Offenses - As introduced, prohibits the use of an unmanned aircraft to capture an image, without the venue owner and operators consent, of an individual or event at an open-air event venue wherein more than 100 individuals could gather for an event. - Amends TCA Title 39.

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SB 991 - Remedies and Special Proceedings - As introduced, creates civil cause of action against any person for physical invasion of privacy or for attempting to capture a visual image, sound recording, or any other physical impression of a person engaging in personal or familial activities; imposes civil liability, under limited circumstances, for the publication or other use of images or recordings captured through such violation; establishes exceptions for law enforcement activities. - Amends TCA Title 20; Title 29; Title 39; Title 40 and Title 66.

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Texas

Updated: 3/23/2015 - Print the Texas entry.

Enacted Laws

HB 912 – Prohibits drones from taking images of persons or properties without the express consent of the person who owns of lawfully occupies the property, provides exceptions for law enforcement usage; warrant needed, felony must be suspected.

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Active Legislation

HB 2167 – Relating to certain images captured by an unmanned aircraft.

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HB 1481 – Relating to prohibiting the operation of an unmanned aircraft over certain facilities; creating a criminal offense.

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HB 3628 – Relating to the authority of the Department of Public Safety to adopt rules governing the use of unmanned aircraft in the Capitol Complex; creating a criminal offense.

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Utah

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Utah entry.

Enacted Laws

SB 167 - Establishes provisions for the appropriate use of unmanned aerial vehicles by government entities.

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Active Legislation

HB 296 – This bill amends the provisions of Title 63G, Chapter 18, Government Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Act. This bill: a allows a law enforcement agency to use an unmanned aircraft system to collect certain types of data; a institutes testing requirements for a law enforcement agency's use of an unmanned aircraft system; a amends the reporting requirements for a law enforcement ...

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Vermont

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Vermont entry.

Enacted Laws

NACDL has not identified any enacted legislation for this state.

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Active Legislation

H 302 – An act relating to regulating the use of drones

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S 18 – An act relating to privacy protection

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Virgin Islands

Updated: 1/14/2014 - Print the Virgin Islands entry.

Enacted Laws

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Previously Introduced Legislation

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Virginia

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Virginia entry.

Enacted Laws

Two-Year Moratorium on the use of Drones by State and Local Law Enforcement (HB 2012 and SB 1331) - Places a moratorium on drone usage in the state of Virginia until July 2015, except under specific circumstances.

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Active Legislation

HB 2017 -Local regulation of certain aircraft. Provides that a locality may by ordinance regulate the use of privately owned, unmanned, autonomous aircraft within its boundaries. Such ordinance may place reasonable restrictions on the time, place, and manner of use of such aircraft.

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HB 2077 - Limitations on use of drone aircraft; penalties. 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 ...

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HB 2125 - Use of unmanned aircraft systems; search warrant required.

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SB 937 - Local regulation of certain aircraft. Provides that a locality may by ordinance prohibit the use within its boundaries of privately owned, unmanned, autonomous aircraft weighing 55 pounds or less within its boundaries.

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SB 1301 - Unmanned aircraft systems; use by public bodies during execution of a search warrant, exception.

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Washington

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Washington entry.

Enacted Laws

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Active Legislation

HB 1093 – (SUBSTITUTED FOR - SEE 1ST SUB) Prohibits the use of unmanned aircraft equipped with sensing devices that collect personal information, including images of individuals on private property that could not have been captured without the assistance of the unmanned aircraft.

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HB 2016– Imposes limitations on the collection of information using unmanned aerial vehicles.

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SB 5499 – (AS OF SENATE 2ND READING 3/03/15) Prohibits an unmanned aerial vehicle from being used to facilitate or commit nefarious criminal purposes.

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West Virginia

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the West Virginia entry.

Enacted Laws

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Active Legislation

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Wisconsin

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Wisconsin entry.

Enacted Laws

Wisconsin Act 213 (Senate Bill 196) -AN ACT to amend 114.04; and to create 175.55, 941.292 and 942.10 of the statutes; relating to: restricting the use of drones and providing a penalty.

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Active Legislation

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Wyoming

Updated: 3/9/2015 - Print the Wyoming entry.

Enacted Laws

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Active Legislation

HB 18 - 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.

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Federal

Updated: 1/14/2014 - Print the Federal entry.

Enacted Laws

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Active Legislation

HR 972 - The United States shall not use a drone to gather evidence or other information pertaining to criminal conduct or conduct in violation of a regulation except to the extent authorized in a warrant issued under the procedures described in the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

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HR 1242 & S 505 – Prohibits the use of drones to kill citizens of the United States within the United States.

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HR 1083- To amend the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 to establish prohibitions to prevent the use of an unmanned aircraft system as a weapon while operating in the national airspace system, and for other purposes.

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HR 1262- To amend the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 to provide guidance and limitations regarding the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into United States airspace, and for other purposes.

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S 1639- To amend the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 to provide guidance and limitations regarding the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into United States airspace, and for other purposes.

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S 1016- Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2013.

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HR 2183- Drones Accountability Act.

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HR 2438-Designating Requirements on Notification of Executive-ordered Strikes Act.

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HR 2868- Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act

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HR 637- Preserving American Privacy Act

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Previously Introduced Legislation

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