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    TEXANS! Call your reps today! Tell them NO on bill HB 912!

    Lance Gooden, is attempting to pass legislation that will make it a crime to fly unmanned aerial vehicles and record video.

    For a good overview, check out this link: http://www.texastribune.org/2013/02/...vate-property/

    And the actual bill is available here: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLoo...83R&Bill=HB912

    Gooden's House Bill 912, which is being sponsored in the Senate by John Whitmire, D-Houston and chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee, would make it a Class C misdemeanor to use an “unmanned vehicle or aircraft” to capture video or photographs of private property without the consent of the property’s owner or occupant. It would be an additional penalty to possess, display or distribute an image or video captured by an illegally operating drone.

    The bill provides exceptions for law enforcement authorities, as long as they have a search or arrest warrant and are in immediate pursuit of a suspect. It also does not apply to property within 25 miles of the U.S. border with Mexico, where drones are used to enhance border security.

    “It will be a greater burden on the hobbyists, but I think that’s okay,” Gooden said. “If you’re asking me to choose between my right to privacy and a hobbyist’s right to take pictures from the sky, my privacy comes first.”
    Contact your representative and tell them to vote NO on HB 912!!!

    You can find your representative here: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members...epresentative/

    Oh, and he thinks property owners should be able to shoot down your vehicles as well. What?!

    You could face up to a $1,000 fine PER IMAGE.
    Call or write your representative today!

    Phone calls and letters work much better than emails!

    CALL QUICKLY, THIS BILL IS GOING IN THIS WEEK!!!
    Last edited by gaahrdner; 4th February 2013 at 12:20 PM.

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    The state of Oklahoma is looking at this now.. The elected official that brought it up also brought along a pair videos shot by a members here as reason to "why" it is needed..

    My insider saw said video and it was disturbing from a law enforcement stand point..

    Sited was the issue of privacy and the other was of some "vigilante style" remedy being sought by one of the people on the ground..

    Time to do 10 good things with aerial drones now....

    now, shoot the messenger..
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandallJ View Post
    The state of Oklahoma is looking at this now.. The elected official that brought it up also brought along a pair videos shot by a members here as reason to "why" it is needed..

    My insider saw said video and it was disturbing from a law enforcement stand point..

    Sited was the issue of privacy and the other was of some "vigilante style" remedy being sought by one of the people on the ground..

    Time to do 10 good things with aerial drones now....

    now, shoot the messenger..
    What is the bill # in Oklahoma?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keok View Post
    What is the bill # in Oklahoma?
    This was conversation about a proposal.. There is not a bill (yet) but there will be something brought up.. just a matter of "what" is going to hit the table.. NOW is the time to be conversing with your politicians..

    I can say that there are a number of videos showing rather cavalier behavior by drone pilots that is exacerbating this issue more than most like to admit too. Due to normal litigation issues (well there is no special law saying I can not buzz over someones house all day, i am going too) makes this type of political issue prime fodder for some liberal agenda to protect his flock...

    Again, laws are for the lowest common denominator... guys that act responsibly are the ones that get hurt by these laws.. the idiots that force the legislation just continue to be idiots...

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    Yes now is the time! Call your rep and voice your concerns. The conversation is happening now, its important we are not left out.

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    26, 000, 000 bucks gor a 15 min video... haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintz2007 View Post
    26, 000, 000 bucks gor a 15 min video... haha
    what if I am shooting at 720/60fps? ouch...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandallJ View Post
    what if I am shooting at 720/60fps? ouch...
    :/ I record with dual Sony AS10's
    One at 1080p 30fps
    One at 720p 120fps

    A 15 min flight would cost me $104M! are they trying to use this as a "financial boost to the economy?"

    Chris

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    i keep telling yall. just circle the whitehouse a few times and get it all over with at once.
    just like ripping a bandaid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toysrme View Post
    i keep telling yall. just circle the whitehouse a few times and get it all over with at once.
    just like ripping a bandaid!

    That put a smile on my face this morning! LOL

    I figure I'd better fly all the places that I've been wanting too before it's over.
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