Utah House Bill 259 – Law Enforcement Use of Unmanned Aircraft

Bill No.:
HB 259
Bill Location:
UtahGovernors' Office
Bill Title:

Law Enforcement Use of Unmanned Aircraft

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NMA Recommendation:

UPDATE March 29, 2022: Bill was signed into law on March 21, 2022.

House Bill 259 would require police to get a warrant before conducting drone surveillance in most situations. Specifically, the law would apply to surveillance devices used in conjunction with unmanned aircraft systems. Such devices include those that utilize “radar, sonar, infrared, or other remote sensing or detection technology.” The bill has already passed the House and the Senate and has been sent to the governor’s office.

The NMA supports this bill since unchecked use of drones poses a serious threat to privacy. Drones can also be outfitted with speed detection equipment to essentially function as airborne speed cameras, thus causing many of the same concerns for motorists.

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