Ars: Texas appears to be the first such state to take legal action against the private use of drones.
The state Senate passed the bill 26-5 late Sunday, the Houston Chronicle reported, and the bill has now been sent to the governor for signing. The Texas House of Representatives also passed the bill, 140-4.
The proposed law would make it a misdemeanor to have a drone photograph “an individual or privately owned real property… with the intent to conduct surveillance on the individual or property captured in the image.” There’s a $500 fine attached, which can be averted if the drone owner destroys the images upon being notified of the violation. Private lawsuits over the issue would have to prove malice, a high bar.
I guess this means my dream of having my Chinese food delivered via drone is dead? Honestly, remote control helicopter my fucking food to me. It’s fast, it’s easy, the driver has fun, and there won’t be an awkward moment when I don’t tip.
Fucking Texas, man. I was half expecting the article to be about mounting machine guns on remote controlled cars and helicopters and shit and bombing the wildlife.