Unmanned aircraft systems; creates a civil cause of action for invasion of privacy, etc. (HB2197)

Introduced By

Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


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. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103669D
01/11/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/2017Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/23/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2197)
02/01/2017Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/07/2017Left in Courts of Justice