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State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2017
SENATE ENGROSSED NO. SB 80 - 2/15/2017
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
administration requirements. Any drone operating under the authority of the Armed Forces of
the United States, including the National Guard, is exempt from this Act.
The restrictions of sections 4 to 5, inclusive, do not apply to a drone operator operating a
drone for commercial purposes pursuant to and in compliance with federal aviation
administration regulations, authorizations, and exemptions.
Section 3. 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 4. 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 5. 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 6. 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 7. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
Except for authorized law enforcement or any military purposes, including the lawful
manufacture, repair, or refurbishment as of a legitimate contract with authorized law
enforcement or military, any person who sells, transports, manufactures, possesses, or operates
any drone capable of firing a bullet or projectile 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.