Texas Law Regulating Drones Must Face Constitutional Challenge

Dec. 1, 2020, 7:42 PM

Texas officials must defend the state’s regulation of drones from First Amendment challenges by press organizations and photographers, a federal district court said.

The law makes it unlawful to capture an image of a person or property while conducting “surveillance.” It also criminalizes using the images captured during the surveillance.

But the law exempts people from civil and criminal penalties if they use the images captured by the drone for some purposes, like education, but newsgathering isn’t one of the exemptions.

The plaintiffs claimed the drone law stifled their ability to do their jobs in violation of the First Amendment. ...

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