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No Drones Near Airports Or Jails

Concerning prohibiting certain uses of an unmanned aircraft system.
2016 Regular Session
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

A person commits introducing contraband in the first degree if he or she knowingly and unlawfully operates any unmanned aircraft system (UAS) within 5 miles of a detention facility with the intent to introduce or attempt to introduce a dangerous instrument, alcohol or an alcoholic beverage, a controlled substance, or marijuana or marijuana concentrate into the detention facility.

A person shall not operate a UAS:
  • Within 5 miles of an airport unless the person is authorized by the airport's air traffic control tower;
  • In a manner that interferes with the operation of manned aircraft;
  • More than 400 feet above the earth's surface;
  • In a manner that is prohibited by any federal law or rule;
  • In violation of any temporary flight restriction (TFR) or notice to airmen (NOTAM) issued by the federal aviation administration (FAA); or
  • In the airspace directly above any detention facility.

A person who violates any of these prohibitions commits a class 1 misdemeanor. These prohibitions do not apply to the operation of a public UAS operated in compliance with any current and enforceable authorization granted by the FAA.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. P. Rosenthal
Sen. J. Cooke



The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details