Illinois SB1587, Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act, passed the State Senate Committee on Criminal Law with a 7-2 vote. It will now have a hearing and final vote in the full State Senate on April 10th. Your help is needed right now to get it passed!
Although the bill provides for some exceptions, if passed into law a vast majority of drone use would be banned. Law enforcement would be banned in almost every situation from using a drone without warrant. This is a BIG step forward for the privacy in the State of Illinois. Please act now to support SB1587.
1. Contact your State Senator. Strongly, but respectfully, let them know that you’ll accept nothing less than a YES vote on SB1587
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2. Encourage your local community to take action as well. Using model legislation from the Tenth Amendment Center, you can introduce legislation to nullify Drones in your city, town, and county with the Privacy Protection Act .
Model legislation here: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/legislation/privacy-protection-act/
3. Share this information widely. Please pass this along to your friends and family. Also share it with any and all grassroots groups you’re in contact with around the state. Please encourage them to email this information to their members and supporters.
SB1587 Creates the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act.
While the bill only limits drone use by state and local government, it will have some serious impact on intended results being pushed by the federal government. At this stage in the ‘drone game,’ the feds are working hard behind the scenes to get states to operate the drones for them.
In fact, the primary engine behind the expansion of drone surveillance being carried out by states and local communities is the Federal government itself. Department of Homeland Security issues large grants to local governments so that those agencies can purchase drones. Those grants, in and of themselves, are an unconstitutional expansion of power.
The goal? Fund a network of drones around the country and put the operational burden on the states. Once the create a web over the whole country, DHS steps in with requests for ‘information sharing,'” he said. “Bills like these put a dent in this kind of long-term strategy. Without the states and local communities operating the drones today, it’s going to be nearly impossible for DHS plans to – take off.