New Hampshire tables bill that would have killed aerial photography

With a 278-87 vote, the New Hampshire House has tabled a bill that would have made aerial photography and satellite imagery nearly illegal in that state.

The AP is reporting that this vote "effectively kills the bill unless supporters can win supermajority support to bring it back up after Thursday due to legislative deadlines."

Had it become law, HB 0619 would have made it a misdemeanor to knowingly take or assist in creating "an image of the exterior of any residential dwelling in this state where such image is created by or with the assistance of a satellite, drone, or any device that is not supported by the ground."

Despite this, Republican State Rep. Neal Kurk, who sponsored the bill, "said the bill only applies to drones, not satellites or helicopters and would protect citizens," according to the AP. Democratic State Rep. Paul Berch, said the law might be in conflict with FAA regulations. maintains a database of US Laws and Regulations regarding use of unmanned aircraft systems. We will be updating our database to reflect this news.

According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, a state representative writing on behalf of the majority of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee that New Hampshire would have been "the first state to pass a bill of this kind, but by a wide margin (of 16-2), the committee believes that we should be proud in going where no state has gone before."

Via sUASNews, via AP, and the Union Leader.

Posted on March 27, 2013 .