STATUS – HB1771 was passed out of the Public Safety Committee on a 9-1 vote, it has now been sent back to the full house for a second reading.
02-17-14 – Amended into HB2789, with stricter limitations on the use and acquiring of drones (learn more here)
02-17-14 – Passed house, 83-15
02-26-14 – Senate public hearing in the committee on law and justice
03-07-14 – Passed senate, amended 46-1
Returned to house for concurrence
03-11-14 – House concurred, 77-21
PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS – This page will update in the coming days with new senate committee information – please check back!
1. Call the Governor. Politely, but firmly let him know that you support HB2789 and would like to see sign the bill when it gets to his desk.
Gov. Jay Inslee 360-902-4111
2. Spread the word! Pass this information around on social media, by email and more/
3. on Twitter? Retweet
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4. Write a letter to the editor. Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for HB2789. It is essential to take measures to protect the privacy rights of Washington State residents. Passing HB2789 will help make that happen.
At this stage in the ‘drone game,’ the feds are working hard behind the scenes to get states to operate the drones for them.
In fact, the primary engine behind the expansion of drone surveillance being carried out by states and local communities is the Federal government itself. Department of Homeland Security issues large grants to local governments so that those agencies can purchase drones. Those grants, in and of themselves, are an unconstitutional expansion of power.
The goal? Fund a network of drones around the country and put the operational burden on the states. Once the create a web over the whole country, DHS steps in with requests for ‘information sharing.’ Bills like these put a dent in this kind of long-term strategy. Without the states and local communities operating the drones today, it’s going to be nearly impossible for DHS plans to – take off.
In fact, this has been as much as confirmed by a drone industry lobbyist who testified in opposition to a similar bill in Washington State, saying that such restrictions would be extremely destructive to the drone market and industry.
This legislative package is a state-level response to the forthcoming expansion of drone-use by law enforcement agencies within the United States. There are two versions of the legislation that are both ready for introduction in your state.
The first requires that a warrant be issued before any law enforcement agency uses a drone within the state. The legislation is restrictive enough that drone use would be severely curtailed.
The second is a full ban on the use of drones by law enforcement, criminalizing their use.
Activists, we encourage you to send this to your state senators and representatives – and ask them to introduce this legislation in your state.
LEGISLATION HERE: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/legislation/privacy-protection-act/