To date, 31 legislatures have enacted laws and another five have adopted resolutions addressing drone usage, according to a study done by the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL). In Michigan, nine bills have been introduced addressing drone usage but none were signed into law yet.
The MAB continues to lobby the state legislature to include ‘news gathering exemption’ in the no-drone fly zone bills. The MAB also supports state legislation to create a legislative drone task force with the power to recommend policy proposals about drone use.
According to the NCSL:
- 12 states have passed legislation providing privacy protections from other citizens that are specific to drones.
- 18 have passed legislation requiring law enforcement to obtain a search warrant to use drones for surveillance or to conduct a search.
- 3 prohibit law enforcement from using drones with attached weapons.
- 13 states have passed legislation that create criminal penalties for misusing drones.
Drone sales are estimated to grow from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million in 2020, according to the National Council of State Legislatures study. By 2025, drones will have created 100,000 jobs and wield $82 billion worth of economic impact.