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State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2017
SENATE BILL NO. 80
Introduced by: Senators Rusch, Bolin, Greenfield (Brock), Haverly, Heinert, Kennedy,
Maher, Nesiba, Novstrup, Otten (Ernie), Soholt, Solano, White, Wiik, and
Youngberg and Representatives Tieszen, Bartling, Haggar, Hawley, Johns,
Lesmeister, Lust, McCleerey, Rasmussen, Ring, Willadsen, and Zikmund
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to regulate the use of drones under certain conditions and
to provide a penalty therefor.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
For purposes of this Act, the term, drone, means a powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry
a human operator, uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, and can fly autonomously or
be piloted remotely. The vehicle may be expendable or recoverable.
Section 2. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
Any operation of a drone in the state shall comply with all applicable federal aviation
Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
Except as provided in section 4 of this Act, flight of a drone over the lands and waters of this
state is lawful, unless flying at a low altitude which:
(1) Interferes with the existing use of the land or water, or the space over the land or
water by the owner; or
(2) Is imminently dangerous or damaging to any person or property lawfully on the land
or water beneath.
Section 4. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
No person may operate a drone over the grounds of a prison, correctional facility, jail,
juvenile detention facility, airport, or any military facility unless expressly authorized by the
administrator thereof. A violation of this section is a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Section 5. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
The landing of a drone on the lands or waters of another, without the owner's consent, is
unlawful, except in the case of a forced landing. However, the owner or lessee of the drone is
liable for any damages resulting from a forced landing.
Section 6. That § 22-21-1 be amended to read:
22-21-1. Any person who, except as authorized by law:
(1) Trespasses on property with intent to subject anyone to eavesdropping or other
surveillance in a private place;
(2) Installs in any private place, without the consent of the person or persons entitled to
privacy there, any device for observing, photographing, recording, amplifying, or
broadcasting sounds or events in such place, or uses any such unauthorized
(3) Uses a drone to photograph, record, or otherwise observe another person in a private place where the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy;
is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Subdivision Subdivisions (2) and (3) shall not apply to law
enforcement officers, or to those acting under their the direction of a law enforcement officer,
while engaged in the performance of their lawful duties.
Section 7. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
Any person who uses a drone to deliver contraband or controlled substances to a state prison
or other correctional facility is guilty of a Class 6 felony in addition to the penalty for the
Section 8. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
Any person who sells, transports, manufactures, possesses, or operates any drone capable
of firing a bullet, projectile, or laser or otherwise be used as a weapon or avenue to inflict harm
or damage to any person or property is guilty of a Class 5 felony.
Section 9. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
No law enforcement agency may use a drone to gather evidence or other information in
violation of S.D. Const., Art. VI, § 11. This section does not apply to the use of a drone to assist
in an active search and rescue operation, to locate an escaped prisoner, or if a law enforcement
officer has reasonable suspicion to believe that the use of a drone is necessary to prevent
imminent danger to a person or to prevent imminent destruction of evidence. Evidence or
information obtained or collected in violation of this section is not admissible in evidence in any