assembly Bill A6370

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Imposes limitations on the use of drones within the state

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to governmental operations
Mar 26, 2013 referred to governmental operations

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A6370 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S4537
Law Section:
Civil Rights Law
Laws Affected:
Add §52-a, Civ Rts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: A1247, S411
2017-2018: A901, S1174
2019-2020: A280
2021-2022: A417

A6370 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Imposes limitations on the use of drones within the state.

A6370 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                  6370

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             March 26, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by M. of A. PERRY -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on Governmental Operations

AN ACT to amend the civil rights law, in relation  to  imposing  limita-
  tions on the use of drones within the state

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be  cited  as  the  "Empire
State citizens' protection from unwarranted surveillance act".
  S  2.  The civil rights law is amended by adding a new section 52-a to
read as follows:
  S 52-A. LIMITATIONS ON THE USE OF DRONES. 1. NO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY
OR A STATE, COUNTY OR MUNICIPAL  AGENCY  SHALL  USE  A  DRONE  OR  OTHER
UNMANNED  AIRCRAFT  TO  GATHER,  STORE  OR COLLECT EVIDENCE OF ANY TYPE,
INCLUDING AUDIO OR VIDEO  RECORDINGS,  OR  BOTH,  OR  OTHER  INFORMATION
PERTAINING  TO  CRIMINAL CONDUCT OR CONDUCT IN VIOLATION OF A STATUTE OR
REGULATION EXCEPT TO THE  EXTENT  SPECIFICALLY  AUTHORIZED  IN  A  VALID
SEARCH  WARRANT;  PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,  THAT  THE USE OF A DRONE BY A LAW
ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OR A STATE, COUNTY OR MUNICIPAL AGENCY IS NOT PROHIB-
ITED WHEN EXIGENT  CIRCUMSTANCES  EXIST.    FOR  THE  PURPOSES  OF  THIS
SECTION,  EXIGENT  CIRCUMSTANCES  EXIST  IF  A  LAW  ENFORCEMENT  AGENCY
POSSESSES REASONABLE SUSPICION THAT SWIFT ACTION IS NECESSARY TO PREVENT
IMMINENT DANGER TO LIFE.
  2. NO PERSON, ENTITY, OR STATE AGENCY  SHALL  USE  A  DRONE  OR  OTHER
UNMANNED  AIRCRAFT TO CONDUCT SURVEILLANCE OF OR TO MONITOR ANY INDIVID-
UAL INSIDE HIS OR HER HOME OR PLACE OF  WORSHIP  OR  WITHIN  THE  CLOSED
CONFINES  OF THEIR PROPERTY OR OTHER LOCATIONS WHERE A PERSON WOULD HAVE
AN EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY.
  3. THIS SECTION DOES NOT PROHIBIT THE USE OF A DRONE:
  A. BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09740-02-3

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