Texas Legislature weighs drone photography bill

Drones would not be allowed to take photos without consent

Author: Matt Rivers, Video Journalist, mrivers@ksat.com
Published On: Feb 07 2013 09:04:20 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 07 2013 10:00:00 PM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

Texas lawmakers will eventually have to figure out how to regulate drones, if at all.

The unmanned aircraft, until recently most associated with larger, Air Force piloted models, have become much cheaper and much smaller in recent years.

A simple search on Google Shopping returns dozens of results on where to buy drones, many under $300 with cameras already attached.

Conceivably, those drones could be flown above homes, even used to take pictures.

Texas does have laws that address improper photography, which ban photos from being taken without consent for the sexual gratification of the photographer. That still leaves wiggle room in what drones can legally photograph.

A Texas House Bill introduced last week would outlaw any drone from taking photos without consent by individuals or law enforcement.

There are a few exceptions, including the legitimate use of a search or arrest warrant and for border patrol operations.

Read the full bill here.

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