- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A measure to add penalties for second and third convictions to Louisiana’s “Peeping Tom” law has been used to revive a failed bill limiting drone use on private property.

Current law prohibits spying on private property. Convictions carry sentences of up to six months in jail. Under the bill, second and third convictions would have steeper penalties.

The measure by Pineville Rep. Chris Hazel passed the Senate Tuesday after Baton Rouge Sen. Dan Claitor tacked on an amendment to define spying with unmanned aircrafts as a violation of the law, excepting law enforcement.

Claitor has pushed for drone restrictions, but his legislation stalled in a House committee. Hazel’s amended bill with the drone ban heads back to the House for consideration.

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House Bill 1037 can be found at www.legis.la.gov .

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