Legislators in different committees advanced three bills Tuesday that would regulate the growing use of unmanned aircraft — or drones — in Louisiana.
The House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice advanced Senate Bill 141, which would add hovering over someone else’s property to criminal trespass statutes, on a vote of 6-3. SB141, by Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, now goes to the full House for a vote.
The Senate Judiciary C Committee easily approved House Bill 19, which forbids flying drones over certain facilities, such as prisons and schools. House-passed HB19 now goes to the full Senate for a vote. It is sponsored by Rep. Stephen Dwight, R-Lake Charles.
The panel had some questions about House Bill 635, which would criminalize using unmanned aircraft voyeuristically. Claitor and Sen. Jonathan Perry, R-Kaplan, argued that secretly taking and distributing sordid images already is against Louisiana law regardless of how the images are captured.
Still, the panel voted 4-3 to send Monroe Democratic Rep. Marcus Hunter’s HB635 to the full Senate.
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