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

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