Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa House has passed Iowa Bill HF572, which prohibits the use of remotely piloted aircraft or drones flying over or near certain property without the property owner’s consent. The bill passed with an overwhelming majority of 87-10 in favor of the bill.
The bill, sponsored by Representative Derek Wulf, aims to protect the privacy and property rights of Iowa residents by imposing restrictions on the use of drones. Under the bill, drone operators are prohibited from operating a drone over certain property, including private property, schools, hospitals, and correctional facilities without the owner’s consent.
Violators of the law could face penalties of up to $8,540 and imprisonment of up to 2 years. In addition, the bill allows for civil remedies in cases where a person’s privacy has been violated by the use of a drone.
Iowans for Drone Freedom is working to obtain responses from representatives who voted for and against the bill.
The bill now moves to the Iowa Senate for consideration. If passed, it will be sent to Governor Kim Reynolds for signature into law.
Attached below are the votes as well as the video of the floor.
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