Aircraft, certain; local regulation. (HB412)

Introduced By

Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Local regulation of certain aircraft. Provides that no locality may regulate the use of privately owned, unmanned, autonomous aircraft within its boundaries. The provisions of the bill expire on July 1, 2019. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101685D
01/07/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Criminal Law
01/14/2016Assigned App. sub: Subcommittee Criminal Law
01/14/2016Assigned Courts sub:
01/27/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
01/28/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB412)
02/03/2016Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2016Read first time
02/08/2016Read second time
02/08/2016Committee amendments agreed to
02/08/2016Engrossed by House as amended HB412E
02/08/2016Printed as engrossed 16101685D-E
02/09/2016Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/09/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2016Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/12/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB412E)
02/23/2016Reported from Local Government (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2016Read third time
02/26/2016Pending question ordered (33-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2016Passed Senate (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB412ER)
03/01/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB412ER)
03/01/2016Signed by Speaker
03/04/2016Signed by President
03/07/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016
03/07/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/7/2016
03/07/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
03/11/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 451 (effective 7/1/16)
03/11/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0451)
03/11/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text reprinted (CHAP0451)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 10 minutes.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

So not remote-control quadcopters, since they're not autonomous—presumably this only applies to actual drones, aircraft that can be given instructions (e.g., "circle these coordinates, take photos of anything moving") and that executes those before landing again. There aren't many of those in the private sector.

ACLU-VA Privacy Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of VA is monitoring this bill.