Do you live in a state with enacted or pending drone legislation? Odds are yes, according to a map from the National Conference of State Legislatures that outlines the states that have drone-restricting legislation.
Forty-three states have introduced 115 bills over the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) — or drones. Thirteen bills have been enacted in 11 states, with resolutions being adopting in 14 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
In April, Virginia became the first state to draw up legislation to restrict free-flying drones. According to their legislation, drones can be used for Amber Alerts and purposes laid out by the National Guard.
Idaho, Illinois, Oregon and Montana all require a warrant for drone usage.
Florida requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant to use a drone. The state allows drones for emergency situations, such as a terrorist threats, Amber Alerts, or to prevent a loss of life. Like Florida, Tennessee requires a search warrant for drones, but allows them for emergency situations.
Texas’ legislation outlines that drone usage is usually restricted to those who have obtained a search warrant. But the Lone Star state also says that drones may be used in oil pipeline safety and for academic research.