This page will be updated throughout the 2019 Texas Legislative Session with bills relevant to drones.
Most recent update: 2019/01/02
No changes as of 2019/01/22
SB 59, Senator Zaffirini:
Current Status - Filed
This bill amends Section 423.002(a) of the Texas Government Code to expand the number of situations in which capturing images with drones is legal.
(22) if the image is:
(A) captured for the purpose of delivering
consumer goods that were ordered through an Internet website or
mobile application and the operator of the unmanned aircraft is
authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct
operations within the airspace from which the image is captured;
(B) directly related to the purpose described by
Paragraph (A), including images captured for purposes of navigation
or ensuring public safety.
This bill looks like it's seeking to help out companies like Amazon who are planning on making deliveries by drone.
In order for the imaging to be legal, the company capturing the image by drone must first get approval through the FAA. It's interesting that the bill requires FAA approval but only addresses images taken by drone. One would think that a bill requiring FAA approval would address the legality of flying rather than image capturing.
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