Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: May 19, 2016
Sen. Ron Sharp
No Fly Zone: Drone restrictions signed into law
The increasing popularity of drones has created new
security concerns for businesses, government facilities and private
citizens. On Wednesday, Gov. Fallin signed House Bill 2599 to restrict
flight of unmanned aircraft over locations and businesses that are
completely fenced in or have signs to prevent intruders. Sen. Ron
Sharp is the principal Senate author of the bill that he says
will help better protect the privacy and security of Oklahoma businesses
“What was introduced as a fun toy has now become a nuisance
and security threat for companies and government facilities like
refineries, electric power generation facilities, gas processing
sites, water treatment plants, dams and prisons,” said Sharp,
R-Shawnee. “Typically, people are innocently trying to see
their surroundings, which can include these locations, but to the
owners it’s a breach of privacy and security and has to be
stopped. The public needs to understand that it’s dangerous
and irresponsible to fly over such locations and violators will
now be penalized.”
HB 2599 restricts flights of drones over “critical infrastructure”
less than 400 feet above ground level or past their fence lines.
The bill also requires signage on such property forbidding flight
of drones without site authorization. Violators can be found civilly-liable
for damages to the property, environment or human health.
Government, law enforcement, the owner of the critical infrastructure
facility and operators authorized by the FAA to conduct operations
over that airspace are exempt under the new law.
Rep. Justin Wood is the House author of HB 2599, which will go into
effect November 1, 2016.
For more information,
Sen. Sharp: (405) 521-5539