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HB 2197 Unmanned aircraft systems; creates a civil cause of action for invasion of privacy, etc.

Introduced by: Terry G. Kilgore | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Unmanned aircraft systems; designated facility; critical infrastructure; unlawful use; penalties. Creates a civil cause of action for the invasion of privacy when a person uses an unmanned aircraft system to enter without consent into the airspace above any designated facility, as defined in the bill, or critical infrastructure to capture an image or attempt to capture an image, as specified in the bill. The bill allows a plaintiff to recover actual damages and allows the court to award punitive damages where actual damages are awarded and to order any other appropriate relief. The bill also makes it unlawful to use an unmanned aircraft to enter into the airspace of a designated facility or critical infrastructure without consent to capture an image or attempt to capture an image of such designated facility or critical infrastructure. The bill directs the Virginia Department of Aviation to prepare a plan and budget for developing Sectional Aeronautical Charts compliant with the provisions of the bill and the related regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration and present such a plan and budget to the Governor by October 1, 2017.


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