Sen. Chuck Winder’s drone privacy bill, SB 1134, has been killed this morning in the House State Affairs Committee. “I think this is certainly a laudable attempt to try and address an upcoming issue, but I see serious issues in this bill still,” said Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise. “We have a body of law already that protects us from invasion of privacy and I see this as actually undermining that protection, because of the liquidated damages in this. … I think it’s one of those unintended consequences.” He added, “There’s still a whole lot of work to do.”
Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, said, “I do agree with Rep. Luker’s analysis. I think it creates serious issues, this particular bill. It certainly undermines protections.” The bill was voted down on a voice vote; Rep. Gayle Batt, R-Wilder, dissented.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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