Friday, February 22, 2013

Washington state bill to limit drone use passes committee

Mikael Thalen
Activist Post

Bi-partisan legislation to limit drone use within Washington state was approved Thursday 9-1 after a large group of people, from regular citizens to a former F.B.I. employee, came to show and voice their support.

"I'm pleased the Committee moved H.B. 1771 with a 'Do Pass' recommendation. We've been working on the issue for several months and we have a lot of work left to do, but we passed the first hurdle today. It's a great day for freedom and liberty in Washington State," said Rep. David Taylor (R), the primary sponsor of the bill.

H.B. 1771 contains much-needed guidelines statewide to limit drone use to protect the rights of Washington residents under the 4th Amendment as well as Article I, Section 7 of the Washington State Constitution, while allowing drones to be used only after a warrant is issued or in certain emergency situations such as wildfire observation and search and rescue.

"This bill quite simply provides protection to the citizens of Washington state from warrantless surveillance. That's our intent here. To start a conversation and say if these things are going to be used, you will protect the Constitutional rights of the citizens," said Rep.Taylor.


Some of the guidelines in the bill state that any government group within Washington must get permission and be approved before even acquiring a drone. No personal information can be collected on an individual or area other than the target that justified the issuance of a search warrant.

The bill also requires any group using a drone to conduct annual comprehensive audits on all drone operations which will include the law enforcement log book, corresponding emergency telephone calls, warrants and other documentation of the justification for use and data collected. The audits will have to be made available to the public.

"The entire drone issue is not going to be solved with just this one bill, but this will get the law enforcement side under control because there are no clear guidelines out there right now for the use of these drones and we could put the state on the hook with liability if these drones are used in an improper manner," said Rep. Matt Shea (R), another sponsor.

Citizens also raised concern over the recently leaked Department of Justice white paper that outlines the supposed legality of drone strikes on U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism even without any intelligence to show actual involvement in a plot to attack America.

"Drones are the equivalent of King George the III's General Warrants. We must get their use by public agencies and law enforcement under control now to protect the people of Washington from warrantless searches and seizure. Just imagine what state environmental agencies could do with drones .... Tyranny," said another sponsor, Rep. Jason Overstreet (R).

Not everyone in attendance was in support of the legislation. Police groups and drone manufacturers from the state spoke out in opposition to the legislation citing issues such as the possible economic impact of strictly regulating drone use.

Washington state also made drone news recently after residents spoke out against, and ended, the Seattle Police Department's drone program.

The bill now moves forward to the Rules Committee to determine if it will head to the floor of the House.

See more here at The Examiner and check out Mikael's other articles.

Mikael Thalen is a political activist and a self proclaimed history buff and current events junkie. He prides himself on being non partisan and standing up for fiscal responsibility and personal liberty in government.


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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

In related news............

A new law allowing police officers to hoof anyone in the balls for no reason is also getting some serious review.
The idea that police officers can just walk up to anyone and boot them in the groin (to keep us safe) has some Constitutionalists up in arms. So strict new guidelines governing the color of shoes, the laces, the tying of the laces and the shoe size have been created.

Additional regulations on keeping shoes clean and polishing procedures have also been discussed.
Overall this is a great day for freedom and for Democrats and for Republicans and for shoe manufacturers and for America!
God bless America, bipartisan cooperation and Republicans.
Let the freedom bells ring!!!

Anonymous said...

""This bill quite simply provides protection to the citizens of Washington state from warrantless surveillance. That's our intent here. To start a conversation and say if these things are going to be used, you will protect the Constitutional rights of the citizens," said Rep.Taylor."

---The intent was to bypass any logical debate over whether drones should be legal or not. The intent was to subvert the will of the people, avoid any discussion of banning drones, and to move straight to the BS.


"We've been working on the issue for several months and we have a lot of work left to do, but we passed the first hurdle today. It's a great day for freedom and liberty in Washington State," said Rep. David Taylor (R), the primary sponsor of the bill."

----Seriously, who would believe this crap?



Hide Behind said...

KUDOS TO FIRST TWO COMMENTATORS.
As long time resident of WA State all I can say is this sort of warped thinking permeates allmost the whole states political procress, from dog catcher to govenor.
The "Stateist Mindset", and I do not mean just WA borders but upon Federal as well, has taken complete control and made it a cultural trait of the vast majority of its people.
Washington state is an immigrant state and those immigrants are collected in the power centers on West side in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, and on Eastern side wherever Federal projects dominate the economic and yes the sociatal minds of its people.
If you look at its demograhics of retirees it is readily available for viewing why this is so in that the vast majority those of State and every municipality governing body along with Educators and military. Have incomes more than double that of retirees from private sector and outnumber those of private and corporates by 3x.
Its social welfare programs including its unemployment and medicare and housing wage subsidys etc draws thousands to state and yet the high wages of gov workers in citys like Seattle show a decline in population that causes wage earners even within Seattle to move outside its confines.
The largest industry is US military and medical fields that live off goverment finances of those retirees.
It used to be a timber and extraction of resources controlled state and the so called managers of state resources from fish to forestry have after destroying those resources by lack of taxation and incompetance of its educated elite now relying on fed subsidys to keep their departments operating.
In forestry they traded unuouched timberlands and exchanged them for logged off and almost valueless lands of the timber company's.
They did it in the name of efficiecy to gather thrir lans into solid blocks but in doing so they gave away profitable timberlans dedicated to education by our laws and the real effect was to let corporates consolidate the best in their hands and block boyh state and gov acces to federal lans.
To the point now behind locked gates the public must pay to even walk upon over millions of acres.
The sneaky way of all such bills since 1960's is the norm.
It is the state that runs the lives of everyone inthe state and its populace like it that way.
Conflict resolution between slaves and masters ois unheard of because like this bill all the public is asking for is at least a kiss for being willing to get scewed.

Hide Behind said...

This bill has no control over federal use of drones and military fed are largest income and landholders in stae.
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND 5 OTHER ALPHABET SECURITY AGENCYS INCLUDING CORPORATE HAVE IN PLACE AT MOSES LAKE AND EXPANDING RAPIDLY A VERY LARGE MILITARY BASE TO COVER FOUR STATES LAND SEA AIR AND YOUR SCHOOLS OVERSIGHT.

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