UAV Bill on the Move in Iowa Legislature

A bill regulating the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) made it through the Iowa House Public Safety Committee on the strength of unanimous bipartisan support.

The legislation requires a search warrant for UAV use by state agencies and law enforcement officials, according to an article by the Globe Gazette. State agencies cannot purchase a UAV without approval from an elected body and ‘must provide detailed reports on each determined use’ of the UAV thereafter. In addition, state agencies cannot keep recordings obtained from UAVs ‘for a prolonged period of time.’

The bill also restricts the personal use of UAVs on private property and bans the weaponization of the aircraft.

A similar bill is in the works in the Iowa Senate.

Read the full article here.

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