Drone legislation passes House
February 23, 2017
We move closer to having in place much-needed, common-sense legislation to regulate drone usage and protect public safety and privacy. My drone bill, HB 291, which includes the Citizens’ Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, passed on consent in the House of Representatives today.
The bill sets parameters for permitted and prohibited uses of drones; provides exceptions including allowing school districts to use drones for educational and other purposes; prohibits use of evidence obtained by a drone in violation of stated prohibitions; creates a new section of KRS Chapter 501 to clarify criminal liability for offenses committed using a drone; creates a new section of KRS Chapter 525 to create the offense of obstructing an emergency responder; and creates a new section of KRS Chapter 511 dealing with the issue of trespassing on critical infrastructure.