The Louisiana Senate on Monday passed a bill banning use of drones over critical infrastructure such as chemical plants, refineries and water facilities.
The Senate voted 35-1 for the measure and shipped it to the House for further debate.
Senate Bill 356 sponsor state Sen. Bodi White, R-Central, altered the legislation on the Senate floor to strip tbe potential of treble damages in cases where there was profit or monetary gain,
SB356 would make it a crime to use unmanned aircraft to conduct surveillance of, gather evidence or collect information about, or photographically or electronically record a specifically targeted critical infrastructure without the owner’s consent.
Violators would be subject to a fine of up to $500 or up to six months in jail, or both, for a first offense.
A second and subsequent offense would bring a fine of up to $2,000 or up to a year in jail, or both.