Florida Senate - 2020 SB 520 By Senator Gruters 23-00189-20 2020520__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to drones; amending s. 934.50, F.S.; 3 expanding the authorized uses of drones by law 4 enforcement agencies and other specified entities for 5 specified purposes; providing an effective date. 6 7 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 8 9 Section 1. Present paragraphs (d) through (j) of subsection 10 (4) of section 934.50, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as 11 paragraphs (i) through (o), respectively, paragraph (a) of 12 subsection (3) of that section is amended, and new paragraphs 13 (d) through (h) are added to subsection (4) of that section, to 14 read: 15 934.50 Searches and seizure using a drone.— 16 (3) PROHIBITED USE OF DRONES.— 17 (a) A law enforcement agency may not use a drone to gather 18 evidence or other information, except as provided in subsection 19 (4). 20 (4) EXCEPTIONS.—This section does not prohibit the use of a 21 drone: 22 (d) To provide a law enforcement agency with an aerial 23 perspective of a crowd of 50 people or more. 24 (e) To assist a law enforcement agency with traffic 25 management; however, a law enforcement agency acting under this 26 paragraph may not issue a traffic infraction citation based on 27 images or video captured by a drone. 28 (f) To facilitate a law enforcement agency’s collection of 29 evidence at a crime scene or traffic crash scene. 30 (g) By a state agency or political subdivision for the 31 assessment of damage due to a flood, wildfire, or natural 32 disaster or for vegetation or wildlife management on publicly 33 owned land or water. 34 (h) By certified fire department personnel to perform tasks 35 within the scope and practice authorized under their 36 certifications. 37 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.