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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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