Gov. Robert Bentley proposed a bill in February 2014 that would outlaw intentional drone use in order to harass a hunter or fisherman. The bill passed in the state Senate but remains open in the House.
Alabama Senate Bill No. 240
By Senator Bedford
RFD: Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry
First Read: 21-JAN-14
SYNOPSIS: Existing law prohibits a person from willfully and knowingly preventing, obstructing, impeding, disturbing, or interfering with another person who is legally hunting or fishing. This bill would specifically include the use of drones to harass a person who is hunting or fishing within this prohibition.
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT
To amend Section 9-11-270, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to interference with persons legally hunting or fishing; to specifically include the use of drones to harass in the prohibition.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA:
Section 1. Section 9-11-270, Code of Alabama 1975, is amended to read as follows:
“(a) No person shall willfully and knowingly prevent, obstruct, impede, disturb, or interfere with, or attempt to prevent, obstruct, impede, disturb, or interfere with any person in legally hunting or fishing pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the law of the State of Alabama. “(b) The prohibition in subsection (a) includes, but is not limited to, the use of a drone to intentionally and knowingly harass a person who is legally hunting or fishing. For purposes of this subsection, a drone is any aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator.”
Section 2. This act shall become effective on the 13 first day of the third month following its passage and 14 approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.