Bipartisan anti-drone bill introduced in the Minnesota House
March 18, 2013 — 5:14pm
Drone legislation was introduced in the Minnesota House on Monday to keep drones from being used in Minnesota.
"A law enforcement agency may not use a drone to gather evidence or other information in an investigation," and "a federal agency may not use a drone within the borders of the state of Minnesota," the measure says.
The measure, likely coming too late in the session for detailed debate and consideration, picks up on what has been an national conversation about the use of drones.
2010 file photo an unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan
The House measure has almost three dozen sponsors, led by Rep. Phyllis Kahn, a Minneapolis DFLer and one of the Legislature's more outspoken liberal members, and Rep. Mary Franson, a Alexandria Republican and one of the Legislature's more outspoken conservative members.
Opposition to drones' use in the United States has united the ends of the political spectrum. Just last week, Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison praised U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's anti-drone filibuster, saying, "I am very glad that he used the power of the filibuster to go to the ... floor and dramatize this issue around drones."
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, whose office audits 59 of 87 Minnesota counties among other responsibilities, said a technical glitch in the state government finance bill that passed in the final hours of the legislative session could leave those counties without any auditing.