Two Carrollton state representatives are co-sponsors of legislation to require search warrants or owner permission to fly drones over private property.
Kevin Cooke, R-Carrollton, and Dustin Hightower, R-Carrollton, are among six co-sponsors of House Bill 848 which was introduced Monday.
The bill is similar to HB 560, which was authored by Cooke last year. It was introduced on March 12, but died after never being assigned to a committee.
The new bill would prohibit aircraft over private property “up to a distance of 100 feet above the surface for the purpose of searching or engaging in surveillance without a search warrant or permission of the property owner.”
The bill would make any evidence gathered by such aircraft “inadmissible in the courts of this state.”
Six states passed drone legislation last year, with most of the laws requiring police to have warrants to use information gathered by drones. Several states have drone legislation pending this year, with the issue ranked among the top 10 legislative issues to watch, according to Governing Outlook magazine.
Currently, the use of drones is allowed by the Federal Aviation Administration on a case-by-case basis, largely for public and research use by law enforcement agencies and universities. But last year the FAA published plans to allow more widespread drone use in 2015.