It remains to be seen if this bill will get off the ground. The Judiciary Committee heard testimony on LB693, introduced by Bellevue Sen. Carol Blood, which would regulate the use of unmanned aircraft (drones) in the state. Much of the bill’s language prohibits the use of drones to trespass or spy on another person.
Any person who intentionally causes an electronic device—including an unmanned aircraft—to enter the property of another in order to secretly peep into the dwelling of another person would be guilty of a Class I misdemeanor.
The bill would prohibit operation of an unmanned aircraft within a horizontal distance of 500 feet or a vertical distance of 300 feet above any penal institution. Operation of an unmanned aircraft carrying a deadly weapon also would be prohibited.
The bill also creates several new offenses related to the use of drones, including “unmanned aircraft harassment by a registered sex offender.”
Sec. 6. (1) A person who is required to register under the Sex Offender Registration Act commits the offense of unmanned aircraft harassment by a sex offender if he or she: (a) Operates an unmanned aircraft for the purpose of following, contacting, or capturing images or recordings of an individual; and (b) Is subject to a protection order or a condition of probation, parole, or supervised release that prohibits such following, contacting, or capturing of images. The order or condition need not specifically prohibit such conduct by means of an unmanned aircraft.
Violating this provision would be a Class I misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class IV felony for subsequent offenses.
Is this really a problem? And is it necessary to single out registered citizens, when the bill already prohibits anyone from using drones to trespass, harass, or spy on another person?
You can read the bill here.