drones in arkansas
Arkansas has attempted legislation seeking to regulate the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the past, but has yet to write anything into law. Primarily concerned with keeping a watchful eye on law enforcement, bills have also stipulated that recording over private property without written consent constitutes a felony act. We are eager to hear from the FAA concerning long overdue regulations for commercial operators.
This article, published online by PINAC (Photography Is Not A Crime) is worth a look. Published February 3, 2015, we think it's a relatively coherent summation of the dilemma facing UAS operators in an industry literally ready to take off.
American business owners have been struggling to secure clear guidelines governing commercial drone flights in the US, whereas Great Britain has had a program in place for years.
Meanwhile, drone sales are on the rise. And don't show any signs of slowing down any time soon.
Arkansas: HB 1904 and SR 1109
About the legislation: Arkansas House Bill 1904, proposed in March 2013 by Representative Nate Steel, died in House Committee in May 2013. The bill would have made it unlawful for local law enforcement to operate UAS unless the person(s) about whom information was acquired gave consent, or under specific emergency situations. Arkansas Senate Bill 1109, sponsored by Senator Jason Rapert in March 2013 would have made it a felony to record video on private property via UAS without written consent - except during emergencies or for law enforcement. The bill died in May 2013.
ANOTHER FAILED BILL:
HOUSE BILL 1079
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