Measure aims to regulate drone use over private property
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers are discussing proposed legislation that aims to ban the flying of unmanned aircraft — or drones — over private property in rural areas.
State Sen. Casey Murdock, who sponsored the measure, said it would govern drones flying at 400 feet (120 meters) or lower, and that the measure would not protect Oklahomans living in municipalities. Operators who violate the measure would face up to a year in prison.
“For me right now, this is a private property rights issues and a privacy issue,” Murdock said. “What I’m doing is just giving the local law enforcement the ability to basically write a speeding ticket for someone that’s not flying a drone within the FAA regulations.”
Exceptions are provided for drone pilots employed by the state or federal government, law enforcement, utility, oil and gas companies or who