Bill regulating drones dies in Wash. Legislature

Published On: Mar 18 2013 12:37:21 PM PDT
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Despite having support from Democrats, Republicans, civil liberties advocates and those concerned over government intrusion, a measure regulating the use and purchases of drones by state agencies and local municipalities died in Olympia without getting a vote.

The bill saw opposition from one of the most influential players in Olympia: The Boeing Co. The aerospace manufacturer, one of the largest employers in the state, argued the bill would hurt future jobs in the growing unmanned aerial vehicle industry.

A company statement says that as the technology matures, "best practices and new understanding will emerge." The company adds a bill now would be counterproductive.

The bill would have mandated that law enforcement agencies obtain approval from their respective legislative government before buying a drone.

The measure also would require law enforcement agencies to obtain warrants with a few exceptions.