Drone ban clears Senate

The Louisiana Senate on Monday passed a bill banning use of drones over critical infrastructure such as chemical plants, refineries and water facilities.

The Senate voted 35-1 for the measure and shipped it to the House for further debate.

Senate Bill 356 sponsor state Sen. Bodi White, R-Central, altered the legislation on the Senate floor to strip tbe potential of treble damages in cases where there was profit or monetary gain,

SB356 would make it a crime to use unmanned aircraft to conduct surveillance of, gather evidence or collect information about, or photographically or electronically record a specifically targeted critical infrastructure without the owner’s consent.

Violators would be subject to a fine of up to $500 or up to six months in jail, or both, for a first offense.

A second and subsequent offense would bring a fine of up to $2,000 or up to a year in jail, or both.