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. Its 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 companys plans to manufacture and test drones for use by law-enforcement and other agencies.