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 February 23, 2013  Posted by  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Kylee Zabel reports:

 In a quest to defend the rights of Americans outlined in the Fourth Amendment, a seemingly unlikely partnership between a Republican representative and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) geared up bipartisan support to pass a bill that would limit the acquisition and use of surveillance drones by state and local public agencies.

As policy bills’ cut-off loomed, the House Public Safety committee was able to hear public testimony on and vote 9-1 the proposed legislation out of committee and onto House Rules Committee Thursday.

What sparked the House bill was a policy adopted by the Washington State Farm Bureau (WSFB) in November last year to regulate the use of drones to survey farmland without the express consent of the landowner.

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