Drones; moratorium on use of unmanned aircraft systems by state or local government department, etc. (HB2012)

Introduced By

Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst) with support from co-patrons Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas), Del. Rick Morris (R-Carrollton), and Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Drones; moratorium. Places a moratorium on the use of unmanned aircraft systems by state and local law enforcement and regulatory entities until July 1, 2014. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103615D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2013Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/21/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2012)
01/30/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 2-N)
02/01/2013Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (9-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Committee substitute printed 13104704D-H1
02/01/2013Incorporates HB1616
02/02/2013Read first time
02/04/2013Read second time
02/04/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104704D-H1
02/04/2013Amendment by Delegate McClellan agreed to
02/04/2013Motion to rerefer to Courts of Justice committee rejected
02/04/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB2012EH1
02/04/2013Printed as engrossed 13104704D-EH1
02/04/2013Engrossed bill reprinted 13104704D-EH1
02/05/2013Read third time and passed House (83-Y 16-N)
02/05/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (83-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/07/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2012EH1)
02/13/2013Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013Committee substitute printed 13105220D-S1
02/15/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Read third time
02/18/2013Reading of substitute waived
02/18/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13105220D-S1
02/18/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2012S1
02/18/2013Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Placed on Calendar
02/19/2013Passed by for the day
02/21/2013Senate substitute rejected by House 13105220D-S1 (0-Y 97-N)
02/21/2013VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2012S1)
02/21/2013Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Senate requested conference committee
02/21/2013House acceded to request
02/21/2013Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/2013Senators: Reeves, Obenshain, McEachin
02/21/2013Conferees appointed by House
02/21/2013Delegates: Cline, Gilbert, Toscano
02/22/2013Conference substitute printed 13105471D-H2
02/22/2013Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2013Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 4-N)
02/22/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2012ER)
03/04/2013Signed by President
03/05/2013Signed by Speaker
03/06/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2012ER)
03/20/2013Governor's recommendation received by House
03/20/2013Governor's substitute printed 13105669D-H3
04/02/2013Placed on Calendar
04/03/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 755 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/2013House concurred in Governor's recommendation (96-Y 1-N)
04/03/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (32-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/03/2013Reenrolled bill text (HB2012ER2)
04/03/2013Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/2013Signed by President as reenrolled
04/03/2013Enacted, Chapter 755 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0755)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 5 clips in all, totaling 21 minutes.


ACLU-VA Privacy Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports legislation that regulates the use of drones in Virginia and preserves the privacy rights of Virginia citizens.

ACLU-VA Legislative Agenda, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports this legislation, which places a two year moratorium on the use of drones in Virginia. Unregulated use of drone technology by state and local government agencies threatens to eviscerate the Fourth Amendment's protection from illegal search and seizure. Additionally, without limits, the use of drones could turn the Commonwealth into a surveillance state and produce chilling effects on protected First Amendment activities. A moratorium on the use of drones allows legislators and various stakeholders, including the public, to debate and draft legislation that balances privacy protections and public safety in a reasonable manner.