Georgia Lawmakers consider drone laws


ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers are proposing several bills regarding the use of drones. There are two separate bills in the House and one in the Senate.

If passed, Georgia would become the 14th state to create a law related to drones.

Rep. Harry Geisinger, (R) Roswell, supports HB 846. It is more of a blanket law that would allow unmanned aircraft, AKA drones, in certain circumstances.

"This is the way technology is going and there's no reason to stick our heads in the sand. We need to prepare for this now," said Geisinger.

He said if passed, violating the law would result in a misdemeanor and "hefty fines".

Geisinger said both the GBI and the Georgia State Patrol has expressed interest in acquiring drone capability. He said law enforcement agencies would be required to answer to the legislature and the governor every two years about when thye used drones, how and why.

As for personal or privatized drones, Geisinger said there were be parameters and punishment if those parameters were not followed.

"You wouldn't be allowed to take an image of somebody and then take and mis-use it, or abuse it or publish it without their permission," said Geisinger.

The other bill, HB 848, would actually prohibit drones, or any aircraft, from flying within 100 feet off the surface of a property for surveillance. The exception would be if there's a warrant or permission from the property owner.

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