Bills Would Limit Drone Use in Iowa

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A legislative panel is considering a pair of bills that would limit the use of drones in Iowa.

Members of a Senate judiciary subcommittee discussed two bills Monday that would regulate drones, or unmanned aircraft systems, used by law enforcement agencies and private users.

The first would allow law enforcement agencies to operate or obtain information from drones only under certain circumstances, such as life-threatening emergencies or with a search warrant. The second outlines permit requirements for anyone using drones in the public sphere.

Democratic Sen. Rich Taylor, who chairs the subcommittee, says he plans to continue the discussion and eventually combine the two bills before bringing the matter to the full committee.

Similar legislation is being debated in the House.

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