Bill limiting drone use passes House, Senate

The Seattle TimesMarch 10, 2014 

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A drone from the Griffon Airospace flies over the Yakima Training Center, Wednesday, April 15, 2009.

JOE BARRENTINE — THE NEWS TRIBUNE

Under a bill passed in the state House and Senate, Washington would join nine other states in regulating the use of drones.

House Bill 2789 requires state agencies and law enforcement to receive approval from their governing bodies before procuring drones and to obtain warrants for most uses.

Rep. David Taylor, Moxee Republican and prime sponsor of the bill, introduced several bills this session to discourage the collection of information without a warrant. “It’s a fundamental freedom issue,” he said.

Taylor hopes the bill is a launch point for lawmakers to discuss an approach to regulating electronic surveillance.

The bill draws many policy points from another proposal, House Bill 1771, which stalled last year after Boeing complained to lawmakers that the measure could hurt the company’s plans to manufacture and test drones for use by law-enforcement and other agencies.

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