New Maryland Law Says Only State Can Regulate Drones

Law360, Washington (May 13, 2015, 5:02 PM EDT) -- Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill on Tuesday that will give the state government exclusive power to regulate drone usage, preempting municipalities and counties from enacting their own ordinances.

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research, Development, Regulation and Privacy Act of 2015 arrived on Hogan's desk after the Maryland General Assembly nearly unanimously approved it last month, with no dissenting votes in the state Senate and only one in the House of Delegates. The law will take effect on July 1. Federal authority over unmanned aircraft rules will not be affected.

Under the law, the state’s aviation administration, police and...

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