House passes bill protecting infrastructure from trespassing in person or via drone

March 2, 2018

Rep. Diane St. Onge’s HB 324 passed the House 80-1.

“It is about providing safety and security and protecting proprietary interests,” St. Onge said.

It would create the crime of “trespass upon key infrastructure assets” for those who knowingly enter or stay on property where key infrastructure assets are located, or who use a drone to monitor or take photos, videos or collect other information of key assets without prior approval.

Key infrastructure assets would be defined by the bill as electrical power plants or nodes, natural gas and petroleum facilities, rubber or hazardous chemical manufacturing plants, railroad yard and tunnels, water supply systems, military weapon system facilities, or wireless communications facilities.