Flying drones near a state prison or county jail is a step closer to becoming illegal after a bill barring the practice cleared a critical hurdle on Wednesday.
The proposal makes it a misdemeanor to fly a drone within 500 feet around or 250 above a state prison or jail without the consent of the facility’s director.
It passed the Senate on a 42-0 vote on Wednesday, but it still needs a final, largely ceremonial vote before it gets sent to the S.C. House of Representatives.
Bryan Stirling, director of the Department of Corrections, said he was grateful with the bill’s progress.
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“If we can stop people from flying drones over our prisons, that’s another tool to limit the amount of contraband that comes in,” Stirling said.