Thursday, April 25, 2013

Virginia HB 1616 Update: Partial Ban on Drones

Virginia House Bill #1616 called for a ban on the use of drones (unmanned aircraft) in Virginia. So did Senate Bill #1331 and House Bill #2012. After due consideration, these three very similar proposals were merged into a revised version of House Bill #2012, which has become law. Full text:

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?131+ful+CHAP0755

Note that this law bans use of drones by state and local governments only for two more years. And it allows drones to be used for search and rescue missions.

If you appreciate these restrictions on drones, you may want to thank Delegates Cline, Gilbert, Landes, (Robert) Marshall, Morris, and Ramadan and State Senator McEachin, who sponsored the bill.