Olathe woman’s push to change drone law a signature away from victory

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OLATHE, Kan. - Victory for an Olathe woman who says her neighbor was harassing her family using a drone.

In a FOX 4 follow-up, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is expected to sign a bill into law to add drone usage as a means of harassment, allowing people to get protection orders.

LeEtta Felter said it started when her neighbor started flying a drone low over her pool, then right next to the window as her teenage daughter stared in disbelief.

Felter says legally she couldn't do much to stop it, so she started the process of changing the law.

"It's time for laws to catch up with technology, so I'm very grateful," Felter said.

Senate Bill 319 says in part that harassing someone intentionally with a drone can lead to a protection order- it adds drone usage to a recognized form of harassment.

"It's a common sense simple approach without over reach of government."

Isaac Pickard, a drone enthusiast, says malicious drone usage upsets him.

"It's just people that misuse it in the wrong way- and they shouldn't," he said.

Pickard says he hesitates when he hears someone wanting to change laws regarding drones. He says he and his friends only race drones, and they do it for fun. He understands the harassment bill, however, and says in certain cases it could help.

"If a harassment charge is going to be the way to fix it, then it has to be done," said Pickard.

Pickard says if you're unsure if a drone is filming you or not- these are things to look for- larger drones are able to carry cameras- and if they're hovering- they may be filming.

Felter also wanted to change the parameters of private property rules as far as drones are concerned- but that legislation didn't get far. It's unknown when the governor will sign the bill into law.