The following is an index of state and agency laws. 

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State Maine
Summary Government: Requires approval of the acquisition of an unmanned aerial vehicle by the governing body overseeing the law enforcement agency. Law enforcement can use UAS pursuant to a warrant or pursuant to a court order and for search and rescue. It cannot be used for surveillance of private citizens in assembly. Sets out minimum standards for training and use by law enforcement.
Law LD 25
Effective Date 07/02/2015
Data Retention Yes
Tags Law Enforcement
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State Maryland
Summary Government: The state has the authority to revoke or regulate county or municipality regulations of UAS.

Task Force: Study and identify benefits of UAS in the economy, public interest, and privacy of the citizens of the state.

Law SB 0370
Effective Date 07/01/2015
Data Retention No
Task Force Yes
Tags Task Force
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State Michigan
Summary Private: prohibits using UAS to interfere with or harass an individual who is hunting.
Law SB 54
Effective Date 07/13/2015
Data Retention No
Task Force No
Tags Private
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State Michigan
Summary Private: prohibits using UAS to take game.
Law SB 55
Effective Date 07/13/2015
Data Retention No
Task Force No
Tags Private
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State Mississippi
Summary Private: UAS may not be used to commit "peeping tom" activities.
Law SB 2022
Effective Date 07/01/20145
Data Retention No
Tags Private
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State New Hampshire
Summary Government: UAS may be used for survielleve of people hunting, fishing, or trapping when manned by police or the department of fish and game

Private: UAS may not be used for survielleve of people hunting, fishing, or trapping.

Law SB 222
Effective Date 01/01/2016
Data Retention No
Tags Law Enforcement, Agencies
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State North Carolina
Summary Government: Law enforcement may use UAS pursuant to a warrant, to counter an act of terrorism, to oversee public gatherings, prevent imminent danger to person or property or to prevent imminent escape, or gather information in a public space. The State will require any agency-owned UAS pilots to complete a flight exam. Update: The state has the authority to approve or deny the adoption of UAS in government agencies.

Private: UAS may not be used to conduct surveillance of a person or private property and must make way for manned aircraft. They may not be used in hunting or fishing and may not be weaponized. They cannot be used to harass or take wildlife.

Commercial: A license is required.

Law SB 744 and SB 446
Effective Date 01/01/2016
Data Retention No
Tags Law Enforcement
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State North Dakota
Summary Government: Information from a UAS without a warrant or pursuant to an exception is not admissible. Exceptions include the patrol of national borders or exigent circumstances (such a imminent harm to a person). Government agencies may use UAS for an environmental catastrophe, research, education, training, or development.

Private: UAS may not be used for private surveillance of a person or private property without consent.

Law HB 1328
Effective Date 08/01/2015
Data Retention Yes
Tags Law Enforcement, Agencies
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State Ohio
Summary Task Force: Creates an aerospace and aviation technology committee. One of the committee’s duties is to research and develop aviation technology including unmanned aerial vehicles.
Law HB 292
Effective Date 07/01/2014
Data Retention No
Task Force Yes
Tags Task Force
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State Oregon
Summary Government: Law enforcement may operate a drone with a warrant for no more than 30 days unless during exigent circumstances or to prevent the commission of a crime. Law enforcement may also use UAS with consent, in an emergency to protect human life or property for no more than 48 hours, during a declared state of emergency, or to reconstruct a crime scene for no more than 5 days. Registration of drones required and a task force established.

Private: Drones must be registered as of January 2, 2016, may not be weaponized, and any photographs collected by private drones is not admissible in court.

Law HB 2710
Effective Date 07/29/2013
Data Retention Yes
Task Force Yes
Tags Task Force, Law Enforcement