Louisiana House rejects drones

State Sen. Dan Claitor’s attempt to limit drone use on private property again hit roadblocks in the Louisiana House.

A House committee rejected a proposal by Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, to put restrictions on the unmanned aircraft in Louisiana. So, the senator then added the language into House Bill 1037 by state Rep. Chris Hazel, R-Pineville.

Hazel’s proposal would add penalties for second and third convictions to Louisiana’s “Peeping Tom” law that prohibits spying on private property. Claitor’s amendment would define spying with unmanned aircrafts as a violation of the law, excepting law enforcement.

Hazel refused to accept the add-on, and the House sent the bill Wednesday to a legislative compromise committee so Hazel could try to strip the Claitor amendment.