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Wed., March 27, 2013, 8:36 a.m.

House State Affairs reconsiders drone privacy bill it killed yesterday

Yesterday, the House State Affairs Committee killed SB 1134, Sen. Chuck Winder’s drone privacy bill. Today, the committee has voted to reconsider it. Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, said some amendments are in the works; Rep. Gayle Batt, R-Wilder, said she worked with a bipartisan group of committee members and the ACLU to craft amendments.

Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, said the proposed amendment “takes out the commercial aspect of it, which was wide as a barn door,” removing an exemption for commercial photography; adds a requirement for a warrant for specifically targeted attempts to gather information about people or private property; and makes several other changes, including altering the civil penalty provisions.

The committee voted unanimously to send the bill to general orders in the House for amendments.




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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