S.B. 299, introduced by Senator Eric Koch, has passed the Indiana General Assembly, and is on its way to the desk of Governor Eric Holcomb for his final consideration. S.B. 299 would create Class A misdemeanor offenses specifically related to unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drones) to address the public’s concerns on voyeurism, harassment and public safety. Koch said, “While the development of drone technology has a substantial benefit for society, we need to ensure they are not used to commit crimes.”
Specifically, S.B. 299 would create the following new offenses:
- Sex offender UAV offense;
- Public safety remote aerial interference (i.e.,using drones to obstruct or interfere with first responders’ operations;
- Remote aerial voyeurism; and
- Remote aerial harassment.
If an individual has a prior conviction for the same offense involving a UAV or if an unauthorized photo or video is published or included on the Internet, the charge will increase to a Level 6 felony. This is yet another reminder to continually check local and state drone laws for requirements and prohibitions.