A bill called the "Drone Prohibition Act" (HB 347) was introduced to prohibit the use of drones with certain exceptions and has been referred to the House Judiciary B Committee. We oppose the bill as written because it fails to place any restrictions on law enforcement use, retention, and disclosure of captured images from drones.

We support legislation that regulates the use of drones by government agencies, but that legislation must require a search warrant for drone use by law or regulatory enforcement agencies and establish clear data retention limitations, and disclosure requirements so that the public is aware of the uses being made of drones.

The American Bar Association agrees that protections are needed to safeguard against 4th Amendment warrantless searches and privacy violations.

View our one-pager about the Drone Prohibition Act (HB 347).