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Published on Friday, March 13, 2015

Drone bills, where do they stand post-cutoff?

This session a number of bills addressing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”) were introduced in the Legislature.

HB 2016, Rep. Brad Kilppert (R-Kennewick), was legislation that came out of efforts by the Governor’s interim Task Force on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Read about that Task Force in this previous Bulletinarticle. HB 2016 died in committee.

HB 1093, Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Mt. Vernon), passed the House and has been referred to the Senate Law & Justice Committee. Among its many provisions, HB 1093 primarily addresses privacy concerns around the private use of UAS by prohibiting their use in Washington airspace if they have an active sensory device onboard that collects personal information about an individual without that individual’s consent, unless the federal government has authorized so.

HB 1639, Rep. David Taylor (R-Moxee), addresses public agency use of unmanned aircraft systems. It prohibits state agencies from procuring drones without first receiving an appropriation from the Legislature, and prohibits local agencies from procuring drones without first receiving explicit approval from its governing body. HB 1639 also specifically details what agencies can and cannot do with drone technology. HB 1639 passed the House and has been referred to the Senate Law & Justice Committee. It is scheduled for public hearing on March 17 at 8 am.

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