Edwards agrees to new restrictions on drones in Louisiana
BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law new limits on drone use in Louisiana.
A bill by Rep. Stephen Dwight, a Republican from Lake Charles, will restrict drone use near schools, school property or correctional facilities. It includes exceptions for police, situations where the landowner grants permission and for pre-agreed recordings like sporting events.
The law takes effect Aug. 1.
A second bill approved by Edwards will cover drones under criminal trespassing laws. The measure by Sen. Dan Claitor, a Baton Rouge Republican, makes an exception for anyone flying the unmanned aircraft system for commercial agricultural use. It takes effect immediately.
The governor's office announced this week that Edwards had signed the measures.