Senate OKs bill to block drones taking pictures at football games and such

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Senate has voted to ban drones from recording images above ticketed events with more than 100 people in attendance.

The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Jack Johnson of Franklin (SB509) passed on a 33-0 vote on Thursday. Johnson said the measure had been requested by the NFL’s Tennessee Titans to prevent drones from flying over the team’s Nashville stadium during games.

The Senate bill also includes a ban on drones flying over correctional facilities or through fireworks displays. Those elements requested by the state sheriffs’ association and fire marshal’s office are not in the House version of the bill that passed on a 93-2 vote on Monday.

That means the two chambers will have to reconcile their difference before the measure can head for the governor’s consideration.