SENATE BILL No. 20
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 35-46-10.
Synopsis: Use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Provides that a person
who knowingly or intentionally uses an unmanned aerial vehicle to
monitor a person, property, or thing without the written consent of the
subject of the monitoring commits a Class D felony. Provides that
images or communications obtained through the use of an unmanned
aerial vehicle are not admissible as evidence. Provides that a person
who possesses an image or communications obtained through the use
of an unmanned aerial vehicle commits a Class A misdemeanor.
Prohibits the use of public money to purchase an unmanned aerial
Effective: July 1, 2013.
January 7, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Rules and Legislative
First Regular Session 118th General Assembly (2013)
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SENATE BILL No. 20
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
criminal law and procedure.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 35-46-10; (13)IN0020.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 35-46-10 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE
AS A NEW
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2013]:
Chapter 10. Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "person" includes a law
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "unmanned aerial vehicle"
means an aircraft that:
(1) does not carry a human operator; and
(2) is capable of flight under remote control or autonomous
Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "use of an unmanned aerial
vehicle" means the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor
or otherwise observe a person, property, or thing. The term
(1) the interception of wire, electronic, or oral
(2) the capture, collection, monitoring, or viewing of images.
The term does not include the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle
solely for recreational or hobby purposes.
Sec. 4. (a) A person may not make use of an unmanned aerial
vehicle without the written consent of:
(1) the person; or
(2) the owner of the property or thing;
that is the subject of the use.
(b) A person who knowingly or intentionally makes use of an
unmanned aerial vehicle in violation of subsection (a) commits a
Class D felony.
Sec. 5. (a) The following are not admissible as evidence in an
administrative or judicial proceeding:
(1) A communication or an image that is obtained through the
use of an unmanned aerial vehicle in violation of section 4 of
(2) Evidence derived from a communication or an image
described in subdivision (1).
(b) A person who possesses a communication or an image
described in subsection (a) commits a Class A misdemeanor.
Sec. 6. After June 30, 2013, a person may not use public money
from any source to purchase or otherwise acquire an unmanned