By GARRY RAYNO
CONCORD — A bill to regulate the use of drones to better protect the privacy of state residents was given initial Senate approval Thursday.
Years in the making, House bill 602 initiates state regulation of drone uses in New Hampshire with supporters calling it a reasonable beginning.
The regulations would apply to individually and government-owned drones such as those used by law enforcement.
Under the bill, both government- and privately-owned drones would need permission to travel over private property.
Law enforcement would not be allowed to fly a drone below 250 feet over private property to collect information without the consent of the owner.
Drone owners would be required to follow all federal guidelines within five miles of an airport, weapons of any kind would be prohibited and they may not be used to harass or stalk anyone.