Use of unmanned aircraft systems; search warrant required. (HB2125)

Introduced By

Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst) with support from 12 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Terry Austin (R-Buchanan), Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), Del. Jeff Campbell (R-Marion), Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna), Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake), Del. Rick Morris (R-Carrollton), Del. Todd E. Pillion (R-Abingdon), Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill), Del. Nick Rush (R-Christiansburg), Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan), Del. Joseph Yost (R-Blacksburg)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Use of unmanned aircraft systems; search warrant required. Replaces the moratorium on the use of unmanned aircraft systems by state and local law enforcement and regulatory entities, exceptin defined emergency situations or in training exercises related to such situations, that will expire on July 1, 2015, with an absolute prohibition on the use of unmanned aircraft systems by such law enforcement and regulatory entities unless a search warrant has been obtained prior to such use. The warrant requirement does not apply to certain search and rescue operations, certain Virginia National Guard functions, or research and development conducted by institutions of higher education or other research organizations. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/14/2015Committee
01/14/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102572D
01/14/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/2015Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/04/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (11-Y 0-N)
02/06/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Committee substitute printed 15104099D-H1
02/06/2015Incorporates HB2077
02/07/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Read second time
02/09/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104099D-H1
02/09/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2125H1
02/10/2015Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/10/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2125H1)
02/11/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/23/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Passed by for the day
02/24/2015Reconsideration of Passed by for the day agreed to (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Read third time
02/25/2015Reading of amendments waived
02/25/2015Committee amendments agreed to
02/25/2015Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/25/2015Passed Senate with amendments (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Placed on Calendar
02/26/2015Senate amendments agreed to by House (100-Y 0-N)
02/26/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Enrolled
03/06/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2125ER)
03/06/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2125ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/27/2015Governor's recommendation received by House
04/14/2015Placed on Calendar
04/15/2015House rejected Governor's recommendation (28-Y 69-N)
04/15/2015VOTE: REJECTED (28-Y 69-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015Passed in enrolled form (69-Y 28-N)
04/15/2015VOTE: ENROLLED FORM (69-Y 28-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015Motion to pass in enrolled form rejected (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015Requires 27 affirmative votes to pass in enrolled form
04/15/2015Communicated to Governor
04/30/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 764 (effective 7/1/15)
04/30/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0764)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.

Comments

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

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports this bill that imposes a warrant requirement on the use of drones by law enforcement and regulatory agencies and prohibits the introduction of evidence obtained without a warrant in any criminal or civil proceeding. The bill also prohibits deployment of weaponized drones by governmental agencies.

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

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports this bill that imposes a warrant requirement on the use of drones by law enforcement and regulatory agencies and prohibits the introduction of evidence obtained without a warrant in any criminal or civil proceeding. The bill also prohibits deployment of weaponized drones by governmental agencies.