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Friday, March 21, 2014

Another Year, Another Drone Bill Dead?

Posted by on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM

The Seattle Times is demanding that Governor Jay Inslee veto a drone-regulating bill passed by the Washington State Legislature this year. Last year, Boeing helped kill a bill that similarly sought to regulate drones.

What's the problem with this year's bill? According to the Times, it's a bunch of bills crammed into one, and:

Nothing in EHB 2789 addresses the use of drones by the private sector for business or recreation. Lawmakers narrowly focused instead on clamping down on government and law enforcement.

The ACLU says that's a great start, and has called this bill an important step in steering us away from a surveillance society. "Currently," the group notes, "Washington law contains no limits on government uses of this technology."

 

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Matt from Denver 1
No comments? No new posts two hours after this one went up? Slow day...
Posted by Matt from Denver on March 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 2
Drones can be life saving in looking for lost hikers or delivering medicine to a very remote cabin but these uses are accommodated by the bill as long as it has a judge's warrant. So the governor should sign this bill into law.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 21, 2014 at 8:03 AM · Report this
Kinison 3
Because.... because... SKYNET!!

Oh and I have a right to privacy once I leave my house or apartment.
Posted by Kinison http://www.holgatehawks.com on March 21, 2014 at 8:22 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 4
@3: To me it's more about living in a prettier world than having our skies cluttered by ugly little noisy machines and adolescent boys with BB guns trying to shoot them down.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 21, 2014 at 8:43 AM · Report this
5
Hey, why get all worked up? All that matters in this debate is what Boeing says.
Posted by Abbie on March 21, 2014 at 10:37 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 6
Look, the governor should sign it into law. Lost hikers in national parks are exempt anyway.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on March 21, 2014 at 11:54 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
@4 trying?
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on March 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 8
@7: At least until I get back in the house :)
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 21, 2014 at 1:12 PM · Report this

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