Harrisburg, September 26, 2016 – The state Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved Sen. Lisa Boscola’s proposal that would make it a third degree felony to use an unmanned drone to deliver contraband  to prison inmates.

“While the advent of drones will provide many modern improvements and advancements, we must protect against the illicit use of this promising technology,” Boscola said.

The Boscola legislation comes on the heels of incidents in Maryland, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Ohio where prisoners plotted to use drone technology to plan escapes or receive illegal drug deliveries.

Boscola’s legislation was unanimously amended into Senate Bill 1323, which lists “critical” places and facilities where drones would be banned from filming or surveillance without consent. This includes corrections facilities, power generation facilities, public safety or emergency operations facilities, military installations, hospitals, government-owned property, airports and heliports, refineries, chemical plants and nuclear power plants.

The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

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