Drone regulation in Tennessee moved a step closer to reality this week.
Both the House and Senate versions of the Freedom of Unwarranted Surveillance Act moves forward in Tennessee out of their respective committees. SB796 unanimously passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee 9-0. The House Civil Justice Committee recommended passage of HB591 if amended.
The bill prohibits the use of drones by law enforcement agencies in Tennessee only under the following circumstances.
- Toe counter the high risk of terrorist attack by a specific person or organization.
- With a search warrant signed by a judge authorizing the use of a drone.
- With evidence of reasonable suspicion that there is an immediate threat such that “swift action is needed to prevent imminent danger to life.
The proposed amendments add two more exceptions for drone use.