Wash. House passes drone surveillance bills

Wash. House passes drone surveillance bills

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BONN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: A quadcopter drone arrives with a small delivery at Deutsche Post headquarters on December 9, 2013 in Bonn, Germany. Deutsche Post is testing deliveries of medicine from a pharmacy in Bonn in an examination into the viability of using drones for deliveries of small packages over short distances. U.S. online retailer Amazon has also started its intention to explore the possibilities of using drones for deliveries. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on February 18, 2014 at 11:25 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Two bills that would restrict the use of drones and government surveillance in Washington state have been passed by the House.

House Bill 2178 passed by a vote of 92-6 Monday. It would ban the unauthorized use of drones, or other unmanned aircraft with sensing devices, in the airspace above private property.

Under the measure, drones, which could include those capable of gathering personal information such as photos, could be used on private property if certain conditions were met.

The bill also states that unmanned aircraft could be flown over public land if it does not unreasonably interfere with the rights of others.

Violation of the rules could result in a gross misdemeanor charge. House Bill 2789, which passed 83-15, would limit the purchase and use of unmanned aircraft systems by state and local agencies.

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