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Drone privacy bill killed in House State Affairs Committee

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.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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