Arkansas prepares law banning drone use by sex offenders
Proposed legislation in Arkansas that would legally ban certain registered sex offenders from owning or operating a drone took another step toward passage this week, when the Senate Committee on Judiciary approved the bill in a five to one vote.
Arkansas House Bill 1125 would prohibit anyone registered as Level 3 or Level 4 sex offender from owning or using a drone for personal reasons. People convicted of such crimes in the state are listed in public records assessing their risk of recidivism using a four-category scale, with three and four reserved for the most potentially dangerous. The draft legislation does not cover individuals in the lower two sets, and makes an exception in the last two for UAV operation in the line of work.
The Arkansas bill was co-sponsored by Republican Representative Brian Evans after two of his constituents complained to him about a drone repeatedly hovering over their backyard, and discovering after it eventually crashed it…