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Bipartisan anti-drone bill introduced in the Minnesota House

  • Blog Post by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
  • March 18, 2013 - 5:14 PM

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

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."

 Across the country, state lawmakers have given voice to opposition on the use of domestic drones.

An anti-drone bill was introduced in the Senate. Read more about that measure here.

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