BOISE, Idaho — Restrictions on using drones for surveillance on individuals and private property would be increased under legislation proposed Tuesday.
The House Transportation and Defense Committee voted to clear the way for a hearing on the measure put forward by Republican Rep. Doug Ricks.
The new legislation adds commercial and industrial property to agricultural areas where drones wouldn’t be allowed without permission.
The legislation allows law enforcement agencies and fire departments to use drones without a warrant for such things as traffic management with large crowds, to assess damage following a natural disaster, and search and rescue operations.
There’s also an exception for utility companies checking their equipment.