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Senator sees future for unmanned aerial drones in Idaho

A Boise lawmaker wants Idaho to be a player in the market for unmanned aerial drones, reports Bill Spence of the Lewiston Tribune; Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, introduced two measures Thursday dealing with drones: One to encourage the state Department of Commerce to work with the U of I, BSU and others to compete to make the Gem State one of six unmanned aerial vehicle test sites; and another to prohibit surveillance or evidence-gathering by drones without landowner permission or a court order.

The second measure, Winder told the Senate Transportation Committee, is to address privacy concerns accompanying the use of drones, and “will restrict gathering of evidence, use of any type of aircraft, unmanned aircraft for gathering this information without  proper legal cause or without a warrant, and if they do gather the information, that it can’t be used in a court of law against them unless it met those tests.” Both measures were introduced, clearing the way for full hearings; you can read Spence's full post here at his "Political Theater" blog.

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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