Arizona Gov. Ducey Signs New Statewide Rules On Drones

May 12, 2016

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation creating a comprehensive state policy on drone use that includes a ban on cities and towns making their own rules regulating the small aircraft.

Wednesday's action comes after Republican Sen. John Kavanagh, cities and towns and other groups negotiated on Senate Bill 1449. Businesses that hope to use drones commercially were pushing for uniform statewide rules.

The bill makes it a crime to use drones if they interfere with police or fire operations or if they are photographing sensitive locations like nuclear power plants. Cities with more than one park must allow their use in at least one.

A provision making it a crime to videotape or photograph someone in their yard was removed. Kavanagh says that's already illegal under other state laws.