Wisconsin Geospatial News

Aerial drone bill passes Wisconsin Senate

Senate Bill 196 limiting the use of aerial drones — or more accurately unmanned aerial systems (UAS) — has been passed by the Wisconsin Senate. The text of the bill and its amendments can be found here.

I reported on this bill in an earlier Bulletin article. The bill requires law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant prior to using a UAS to collect evidence. The bill also prohibits individuals from using a UAS “with the intent to photograph, record, or otherwise observe another individual in a place where the individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy.” The phrase “with the intent” was added to the original draft of the bill through a Senate amendment.

The bill now heads to the Assembly. Check back here for future updates or follow the bill on the Wisconsin Legislative Documents Web site or on the Wheeler Report.