Louisiana lawmakers want to get drones under control

Drones Sightings In this June 11, 2015 file photo, a hexacopter drone is flown in Cordova, Md. A number of proposals under consideration in the Louisiana House and Senate would criminalize drone trespassing, outline surveillance and privacy laws and establish registration and licensing guidelines. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana lawmakers are making a bipartisan push to regulate drones, an area where developing technology meets privacy concerns.

A number of proposals under consideration in the House and Senate would criminalize drone trespassing, outline surveillance and privacy laws and establish registration and licensing guidelines.

Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, said drones are “showing up on people’s radar better now” as the technology has become cheaper and more accessible. Some hobbyists fly the unmanned aircraft, but people also use them in a number of industries from movie production to utility inspection.

Backers of the legislative proposals say creation of statewide drone regulations will secure public and private property. Most of the measures have met little resistance so far, though none have reached final passage.

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