SB 838

85(R) - 2017
Senate Business & Commerce
Senate Business & Commerce
Law Enforcement

Vote Recommendation

  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive
  • Positive


Judith Zaffirini

Bill Caption

Relating to certain images captured by an unmanned aircraft.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Under current law, capturing an image using an unmanned aircraft is permitted for specific purposes, such as utility inspection, real estate sales activities, and land surveying. SB 838 would allow the use of an unmanned aircraft for the capturing of images related to delivering consumer goods ordered through a website or mobile application as long as the operator is approved by the FAA.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill supports the principles of limited government, individual liberty, and the free market by allowing the use of drones at the state level for certain commercial purposes such as Amazon's attempted drone delivery system. For this reason, we support SB 838.

Organizations Supporting

AT&T Texas
Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Insurance Company
National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies