Kansas Drone Laws (2017)


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 Current as of February 21, 2017

Senate Bill319 was passed into law in 2016.  This amended a few sections of Kansas law.

Sec. 3. K.S.A. 60-31a02 is hereby amended to read as follows: 60- 31a02. As used in the protection from stalking act:

(a) ‘‘Stalking’’ means an intentional harassment of another person that places the other person in reasonable fear for that person’s safety.

(b) ‘‘Harassment’’ means a knowing and intentional course of conduct directed at a specific person that seriously alarms, annoys, torments or terrorizes the person, and that serves no legitimate purpose. ‘‘Harassment’’ shall include any course of conduct carried out through the use of an unmanned aerial system over or near any dwelling, occupied vehicle or other place where one may reasonably expect to be safe from uninvited intrusion or surveillance.

(c) ‘‘Course of conduct’’ means conduct consisting of two or more separate acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose which would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress. Constitutionally protected activity is not included within the meaning of ‘‘course of conduct.’’

(d) ‘‘Unmanned aerial system’’ means a powered, aerial vehicle that:

(1) Does not carry a human operator;

(2) uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift;

(3) may fly autonomously or be piloted remotely;

(4) may be expendable or recoverable; and

(5) may carry a lethal or nonlethal payload.

Sec. 4. K.S.A. 61-2708 is hereby amended to read as follows: 61-2708.

The venue of actions commenced under this act shall be as prescribed in article 34 of chapter 61 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto, except that the county in which the cause of action arose shall be proper venue only where it is affirmatively shown that the defendant was a resident of the county where the cause of action arose at the time the cause of action arose.

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