Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, have been a hotly debated topic in the political arena leading to proposed or enacted legislation in 43 states, according to WestlawNext.

The data highlights the wide variation in legislation across the states as elected officials look to define what a drone is, who can and cannot operate or use them, and how they can be used. Common issues surrounding drones include privacy, use by law enforcement and emergency exceptions, among others.

Currently there are just seven states, along with the District of Columbia, that do not have any proposed legislation surrounding drones. The infographic above highlights drone legislation across the U.S.

“The wide-ranging points of legislation demonstrate multiple views, perceived opportunities and a variety of concerns surrounding the use and development of drones,” said Michael Carlson, reference attorney at Thomson Reuters.

In 2015, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, in coordination with agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration and aviation industry representatives, is expected to announce rules and regulations regarding the use of drones. In the end, drones, and legislation tied to them, have become part of our everyday lives.

To read the full press release, visit thomsonreuters.com.

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