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Sen Ragan: Drone bill won’t interfere with hobbyists



This news story was published on March 22, 2014.
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Senator Amanda Ragan

Senator Amanda Ragan

DES MOINES – Senator Amanda Ragan says the Iowa legislature is wrestling with a drone bill that would keep the devices but regulate them.

House File 2289, addresses unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones. These aircraft can be flown remotely, can go places that planes and helicopters cannot and are able to gather valuable information without endangering human lives.

Currently, the Federal Aviation Administration is working on rules to safely integrate drones into U.S. airspace. Insurance companies, agribusiness, news agencies, law enforcement and others look forward to using drones as a valuable tool in their work.

However, drone technology with sight and sound-recording ability is causing concerns among citizens about potential misuse and an invasion of privacy. To address these concerns, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to amend and pass legislation recently approved by the Iowa House.

House File 2289 will ensure that if someone uses a drone to trespass on another’s privacy in his or her home, the drone user can be charged with criminal trespass. In addition, law enforcement must obtain a warrant to use information in court that was gathered through use of a drone. This legislation will not interfere with hobbyists who enjoy model planes or any legitimate business use.

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