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By Amanda Essex

From Harry Potter to the baseball playoffs' pitcher's mound, it's been a very busy time for drones in the news.

Drone with Harry Potter themeA man in Wisconsin attached an old Halloween decoration to a drone to mimic the image of a flying dementor, the terrifying guards of the wizard’s prison Azkaban in Harry Potter.

A starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, Trevor Bauer, cut his finger while working on one of his drones. The cut opened up during his outing on the mound in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday and he had to leave the game in the first inning.

And Halloween is shaping up like the droney-ist holiday off all time, from this guy to this guy and we're guessing lots and lots more to come.

It’s also been a busy year for drones in the policy arena—and you would-be Halloween pranksters would do well to brush up on the laws dealing with drones.

At least 38 states have considered drone legislation this year, with 17 states enacting 31 pieces of legislation. Learn more about state legislation.

The Federal Aviation Administration released a final rule for commercial use of small drones in June, with the rule going into effect in late August. Learn more about that rule.

NCSL will cap off 2016 with a thorough discussion on drones between state legislators, federal regulators and the private sector about the next steps for this game-changing technology. The 2016 NCSL Capitol Forum will be held Dec. 6-9 at the Marriot Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

Amanda Essex is a policy associate in NCSL's Transportation program.

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