Florida Senate - 2020 CS for SB 822 By the Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability; and Senator Albritton 585-02630-20 2020822c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to drones; amending s. 934.50, F.S.; 3 adding an exception to prohibited uses of a drone; 4 providing an effective date. 5 6 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 7 8 Section 1. Paragraph (k) is added to subsection (4) of 9 section 934.50, Florida Statutes, and subsection (3) of that 10 section is republished, to read: 11 934.50 Searches and seizure using a drone.— 12 (3) PROHIBITED USE OF DRONES.— 13 (a) A law enforcement agency may not use a drone to gather 14 evidence or other information. 15 (b) A person, a state agency, or a political subdivision as 16 defined in s. 11.45 may not use a drone equipped with an imaging 17 device to record an image of privately owned real property or of 18 the owner, tenant, occupant, invitee, or licensee of such 19 property with the intent to conduct surveillance on the 20 individual or property captured in the image in violation of 21 such person’s reasonable expectation of privacy without his or 22 her written consent. For purposes of this section, a person is 23 presumed to have a reasonable expectation of privacy on his or 24 her privately owned real property if he or she is not observable 25 by persons located at ground level in a place where they have a 26 legal right to be, regardless of whether he or she is observable 27 from the air with the use of a drone. 28 (4) EXCEPTIONS.—This section does not prohibit the use of a 29 drone: 30 (k) By a non-law enforcement employee of the Fish and 31 Wildlife Conservation Commission or of the Florida Forest 32 Service for the purposes of managing and eradicating invasive 33 exotic plants or animals on public lands and suppressing and 34 mitigating wildfire threats. 35 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.