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Multiple bills in General Assembly aimed at restricting drones

Multiple bills in General Assembly aimed at restricting drones

RICHMOND – Five bills before the General Assembly would restrict the use of drones in Virginia, including two that would let localities prohibit even hobbyists from flying small unmanned aircraft.

 

Bills proposed by Del. Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, and Sen. Jennifer Wexton, D-Leesburg, would allow local governments to ban individuals from flying drones under 55 pounds. Currently, the Federal Aviation Administration allows hobbyists to fly such model aircraft as long as they follow safety guidelines.

 

The bans authorized by Surovell’s House Bill 2017 and Wexton’s Senate Bill 937 could apply to widely available quadcopters like the...

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