TOPEKA, Kan. (March 8, 2013) – On Thursday, Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady (R-Palco) introduced a bill to prohibit the use of drones by law enforcement in the skies over Kansas.
HB2394 prohibits the use of a drone by state or local law enforcement “to obtain evidence or other information.” It also bans any drone from operating in the state “while carrying a lethal payload.” There is no exception in the bill for drones operated by the federal government.
“In light of Rand Paul’s filibuster yesterday, I don’t think Kansas could have picked a better time to introduce an anti-drone bill,” Kansas Rep. Brett Hildabrand said.
The legislation does provide an exception for drone use to “counter a high risk of a terrorist attack, provided, the United States department of homeland security has determined that credible intelligence indicates that there is such a risk of a terrorist attack, and a search warrant has been obtained for such use of a drone.”
Under the proposed law, any evidence gathered by a drone would be inadmissible in court, and any person violated by a drone would enjoy civil remedies.Details