BATON ROUGE — Louisiana lawmakers are making a bipartisan push to regulate drones, an area where developing technology meets privacy concerns.
A number of proposals under consideration in the House and Senate would criminalize drone trespassing, outline surveillance and privacy laws and establish registration and licensing guidelines.
Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, said drones are “showing up on people’s radar better now” as the technology has become cheaper and more accessible. Some hobbyists fly the unmanned aircraft, but people also use them in a number of industries from movie production to utility inspection.
Backers of the legislative proposals say creation of statewide drone regulations will secure public and private property. Most of the measures have met little resistance so far, though none have reached final passage.