SB196, a bill in the Wisconsin legislature that would put severe restrictions on the use of drones by law enforcement within the state, was introduced for the 2013-14 session.

STATUS: PASSED on a voice vote by the full senate on Feb. 19.
03-20 – Passed house, amended
04-02 – both chambers concurred, bill to be sent to governor’s desk.
04-09 – signed by the Governor

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At this stage in the ‘drone game,’ the feds are working hard behind the scenes to get states to operate the drones for them.

In fact, the primary engine behind the expansion of drone surveillance being carried out by states and local communities is the Federal government itself. Department of Homeland Security issues large grants to local governments so that those agencies can purchase drones. Those grants, in and of themselves, are an unconstitutional expansion of power.

The goal? Fund a network of drones around the country and put the operational burden on the states. Once the create a web over the whole country, DHS steps in with requests for ‘information sharing.’ Bills like these put a dent in this kind of long-term strategy. Without the states and local communities operating the drones today, it’s going to be nearly impossible for DHS plans to – take off.

In fact, this has been as much as confirmed by a drone industry lobbyist who testified in opposition to a similar bill in Washington State, saying that such restrictions would be extremely destructive to the drone market and industry.


This legislative package is a state-level response to the forthcoming expansion of drone-use by law enforcement agencies within the United States.  There are two versions of the legislation that are both ready for introduction in your state.

The first requires that a warrant be issued before any law enforcement agency uses a drone within the state.  The legislation is restrictive enough that drone use would be severely curtailed.

The second is a full ban on the use of drones by law enforcement, criminalizing their use.

Activists, we encourage you to send this to your state senators and representatives – and ask them to introduce this legislation in your state.