31 States Have Proposed Drone Legislation

Thirty-one states have proposed drone legislation. Here is a handy list for you, with links to the legislation text.

If you put this list to good use, please let us know by leaving a comment. Thanks!

Note: This post was updated to add Alaska.


  1. Nice work! One slight problem: a few spot-checks show that lots of links have text that appear to direct readers to one place, but the underlying link goes to a Google page. I’m guessing you copied links directly from Google search results.

    For Washington, I suggest linking directly to the state legislature site: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=5782&year=2013 and http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1771&year=2013

    1. Actually, I printed the PDF from a Google Drive doc. It changed the links. I can try to do it again without the intermediary.

  2. Add Michigan, House Bill 4455, Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/03/big_brother_concerns_michigan.html

  3. Add North Carolina H312 – http://legiscan.com/NC/text/H312/id/786761

    Republican Reps. Mitchell Sezter of Catawba County and Tim Moffitt of Buncombe County, and Democratic Reps. Duane Hall of Wake County and Pricey Harrison of Guilford County.

    Read more here: http://projects.newsobserver.com/node/27151

    “House Bill 312 would prohibit city police, county sheriffs or state law enforcement agencies from using drones in investigations, unless they have a search warrant or reasonable suspicion that immediate action is needed to prevent imminent harm, property damage, escape of a suspect or destruction of evidence.

    They would be allowed to use drones for other purposes, but any information gathered could not be used in legal proceedings. Facial recognition or other “biometric” matching technology would be prohibited. Drones used in searches would have to be documented in court within 48 hours.”

  4. Add Alabama to the list.

    Senate Bill 317: http://legiscan.com/AL/text/SB317/id/785724

    Bill sponsored by state Sen. Paul Sanford would restrict use of drones as surveillance tool (updated)

  5. Here is the PA drone bill, introduced by Cruz – PA HB961: http://legiscan.com/PA/text/HB961/id/786247

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