LITTLE ROCK — A bill filed Thursday in the Arkansas Legislature would make it illegal to use an unmanned flying vehicle or aircraft to capture images on private property without the permission of the occupant of the property.

LITTLE ROCK — A bill filed Thursday in the Arkansas Legislature would make it illegal to use an unmanned flying vehicle or aircraft to capture images on private property without the permission of the occupant of the property.


Rep. Justin Harris, R-West Fork, said House Bill 1079 is aimed at drones, which he said pose a threat to privacy if improperly used.


"It’s a privacy issue. When you’re on your property, it’s your property," he said.


Violating the bill would be a misdemeanor. The measure includes exceptions for law enforcement operations, fire suppression and the rescue of a person whose life is in danger.


Harris said he has first-hand experience with drones: His son received one as a Christmas gift. The drone has the ability to take still photos, but Harris said his son will only be allowed to use it on the family’s property.


The law does not include language exempting satellites or news organizations, but Harris said they are not the intended targets of the bill.