Unmanned aircraft systems; use by public bodies, search warrant required, exception. (HB1482)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Thomas (R-Stafford)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Use of unmanned aircraft system; public bodies. Allows an unmanned aircraft system to be deployed without a warrant (i) by a law-enforcement officer to survey the scene of an accident for the purpose of crash reconstruction and record photographic or video images of the scene and (ii) by the Department of Transportation when assisting a law-enforcement officer to prepare a report of such accident because of personal injury, death, or property damage of $1,500 or more. This bill is identical to SB 508. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/18/2018Presented and ordered printed 18105420D
01/18/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/02/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
02/05/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Committee substitute printed 18105987D-H1
02/07/2018Read first time
02/08/2018Read second time
02/08/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18105987D-H1
02/08/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1482H1
02/09/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE(99-Y 0-N)
02/09/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/09/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Committee substitute printed 18107240D-S1
02/16/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2018Read third time
02/19/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/19/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107240D-S1
02/19/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1482S1
02/19/2018Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2018Placed on Calendar
02/21/2018Senate substitute rejected by House 18107240D-S1 (0-Y 99-N)
02/21/2018VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2018Senate insisted on substitute (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2018Senate requested conference committee
02/26/2018House acceded to request
02/27/2018Conferees appointed by House
02/27/2018Delegates: Thomas, Bell, Robert B., Mullin
02/27/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
02/27/2018Senators: Reeves, Peake, Deeds
03/06/2018C Amended by conference committee
03/06/2018Conference substitute printed 18107803D-H2
03/07/2018Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018Conference report agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
03/08/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1482ER)
03/10/2018Signed by Speaker
03/12/2018Signed by President
03/20/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2018
03/20/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/30/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 546 (effective 7/1/18)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0546)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

And the winner is delegate herring. [Cheers and applause] >> clerk will proceed with the conference report. Mr. Speaker, turning to page 27 of the printed calendar, I apologize.