2-year ban on drones ad­vances in House

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE REGION - — Errin Haines

A House panel has ap­proved a bill that would put a two-year mora­to­rium on drones in Vir­ginia while law­mak­ers work to craft reg­u­la­tions for us­ing the un­manned air­craft.

The bill spon­sored by Del. Ben L. Cline (R-Rock­bridge) passed by a vote of 9 to 4. It now moves to the House of Del­e­gates for a full floor vote.

Cur­rently, there are no drones in op­er­a­tion in the com­mon­wealth, but lo­cal law en­force­ment agen­cies have ex­pressed in­ter­est in ac­quir­ing the tech­nol­ogy, which is be­ing used in other states.

Some in Vir­ginia, how­ever, have raised con­cerns about the im­pact of drone tech­nol­ogy on pri­vacy and civil lib­er­ties.

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