Around the 11:30 mark she points out that Texas' new drone law as written would likely criminalize the drone photographer who captured pig blood being dumped into the Trinity River by a meat packing plant in Dallas which has since faced a crackdown from the EPA. Margot, who your correspondent was privileged to meet at a conference on electronic privacy at the Yale Law School earlier this year, is perhaps the sharpest thinker I've run across on the subject of drone regulation. I still wish our friends at the Texas Lege had consulted her and the other experts at DroneU.org before passing Texas' ill-considered "drone bill," HB 912. Given Texas' mess of a statute, I couldn't agree more with Kaminski's point about drone federalism. Prosecutors have said our homegrown bill is unenforceable and the Texas Lege would definitely benefit from allochthonous approaches.
See related Grits posts:
- Texas policymakers need to up their game on drone regulation
- Rick Perry, drones, and an odd endorsement of the exclusionary rule
- Does this count as a drone? If cell-phone towers can fly, why not a Stingray?
- National expert laments Texas' drone bill
- Top Five Things Wrong With Texas' Drone Bill
- A path forward for state drone regulation