Status of Domestic Drone Legislation in the States

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ACLU Updated 10/9/13

We’re currently seeing an unprecedented surge of activity in state legislatures across the country aimed at regulating domestic surveillance drones. (My colleagues Jay Stanley and Catherine Crump have this recent piece detailing the trend.)  Working closely with our lobbyists in state capitols around the country, we have been tracking this activity and working hard to make sure these privacy-protective bills become law. The chart below shows the current status of state legislation as we understand it. We will update this as we receive new information.

With the exceptions noted below, almost all of the bills we’re seeing require law enforcement to get a probable cause warrant before using a drone in an investigation.  If you see your state listed below (unless you live in Arizona), call your legislators and urge them to support privacy-protective drones legislation.

(See here for an analysis of the content of drone legislation throughout the nation.)

Legislation proposed in 42 states, enacted in 8 states, and still active in 6 states.

State Status Notes

Alabama

Passed Senate committee; legislature adjourned without further action

Alaska

Resolution adopted creating drone task force; legislature adjourned without further action

Task force is to recommend drone policies and legislation

Arizona

Passed House; legislature adjourned without further action

Arkansas

Legislature adjourned without taking up proposed legislation

California

Bill introduced; legislature adjourned without further action

Florida

Legislation enacted, goes into effect July 1, 2013.

Georgia

Bill introduced; legislature adjourned without further action

Resolutions honoring the aerospace/drones industry also passed in both houses.

Hawaii

Bill introduced; legislature adjourned without further action

Idaho

Legislation enacted, goes into effect July 1, 2013

Illinois

Legislation enacted, goes into effect Jan. 1 2014

Indiana

“Study group” resolution passed Senate committee; bill introduced; legislature adjourned without further action

Iowa

Bill introduced; legislature adjourned without further action

Kansas

Bill introduced; legislature adjourned without further action

Kentucky

Bill introduced; legislature adjourned without further action, but interim study hearing on drones held Aug. 21.

Maine

Passed both chambers, VETOED by governor

Maryland

Bill introduced; legislature adjourned without further action

Massachusetts

Introduced

Michigan

Introduced

Minnesota

Bill introduced; legislature adjourned without further action

Missouri

Passed House; legislature adjourned without further action

Montana

Legislation enacted, goes into effect Oct. 1, 2013

Nebraska

Bill introduced; legislature adjourned without further action

Nevada

Bill introduced; legislature adjourned without further action

New Hampshire

Dead for this year

Passed House committee; tabled in House.

New Jersey

Passed Senate

New Mexico

Died in committee

New York

Introduced

North Carolina

Bill introduced; legislature adjourned without further action

North Dakota

Dead for this year

Passed House, defeated in Senate.

Ohio

Introduced

Oklahoma

Dead for this year

Bill held over until next session; interim study hearing on drone privacy issues to be held Sept. 26

Oregon

Legislation enacted

Pennsylvania

Introduced

Rhode Island

Bill introduced; legislature adjourned without further action

South Carolina

Passed House Committee; legislature adjourned without further action

Tennessee

Legislation enacted, goes into effect July 1

Texas

Legislation enacted, goes into effect Sept. 1

Vermont

Bill introduced; legislature adjourned without further action

Virginia

Legislation enacted, goes into effect July 1, 2013.

Washington

Not brought up for full House vote before deadline, so dead for this session.

West Virginia

Bill introduced; legislature adjourned without further action

Wyoming

Died in committee

Status of Domestic Drone Legislation in the States

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    A bill was introduced in California, but legislature adjourned WITHOUT FURTHER ACTION.
    With the exceptions noted below, almost all of the bills we’re seeing require law enforcement to get a probable cause warrant before using a drone in an investigation. If you see your state listed below (unless you live in Arizona), call your legislators and urge them to support privacy-protective drones legislation.

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