Florida Senate - 2019 CS for CS for SB 766 By the Committees on Infrastructure and Security; and Criminal Justice; and Senator Gruters 596-03528-19 2019766c2 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to expanded uses of unmanned aircraft; 3 amending s. 934.50, F.S.; authorizing the use of 4 drones by law enforcement agencies and other specified 5 entities for specified purposes; providing an 6 effective date. 7 8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 Section 1. Present paragraphs (d) through (j) of subsection 11 (4) of section 934.50, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as 12 paragraphs (i) through (o), respectively, new paragraphs (d) 13 through (h) are added to that subsection, and paragraph (a) of 14 subsection (3) of that section is amended, to read: 15 934.50 Searches and seizure using a drone.— 16 (3) PROHIBITED USE OF DRONES.— 17 (a) A law enforcement agency may not use a drone to gather 18 evidence or other information except as provided in (4). 19 (4) EXCEPTIONS.—This section does not prohibit the use of a 20 drone: 21 (d) To assist a law enforcement agency in crowd control 22 involving a group of 50 people or more. 23 (e) To assist a law enforcement agency with traffic 24 management, except that a law enforcement agency may not use a 25 drone to gather evidence to enforce traffic infractions. 26 (f) To facilitate a law enforcement agency’s collection of 27 evidence at a crime scene or traffic crash scene. 28 (g) By a state agency or political subdivision for the 29 assessment of damage due to a flood, wildfire, or natural 30 disaster or for vegetation or wildlife management on publicly 31 owned land or water. 32 (h) By certified fire department personnel to perform tasks 33 within the scope and practice authorized under their 34 certifications. 35 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.