As we approach the commencement of the 85th Texas Legislative Session on January 10, 2017, Carlos and I wanted to provide a quick update on the UAS-related bills that have been filed to date.
HB 638 – Relating to the prosecution of the offense of operation of unmanned aircraft over correctional facility or critical infrastructure facility
Representative Paul Workman filed an amendment to the Texas Privacy Act this week. The amendment is filed as HB 638 and is a proposal to add penalties for operation of a UAS over a correctional facility. The amendment is unlikely to affect either governmental or commercial operators because it provides exceptions for these operators. You can read the full text of the proposed amendment here. This is the second amendment to the Texas Privacy Act filed this session, the other being HB 106.
HB 106 – Relating to certain images captured by an unmanned aircraft
This bill proposes to eliminate the 25-mile border exception to the Texas Privacy Act. You can find details about that bill here. So far, there have been no additional actions taken on this bill since its filing.
We are continuing to monitor bill filing and will provide updates as needed. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to Carlos (512-495-6033) or myself (512-495-6079) to discuss any pending legislation or other legal issues that you may facing.