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Legislation adds restrictions for drone operators in Idaho

Posted at 2:12 AM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 04:12:58-05

BOISE, Idaho — Restrictions on using drones for surveillance on individuals and private property would be increased under legislation that's heading to the Senate.

The House voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the measure that 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.