A bill was recently introduced in Kansas that would greatly restrict the use governmental use of drones for various purposes.

Presented just days ago, HB2683 makes the following resolution:

“No governmental entity shall operate an unmanned aerial vehicle that is capable of firing a bullet or other projectile, directing a laser or otherwise being used as a weapon.”

The bill illustrates that these types of purposes are considered illegitimate under the law and would not be tolerated, should the bill pass. In addition, there is a clause which notes that unmanned vehicles must be approved by the legislative body of Kansas.

The bill’s text makes it clear that the intentions are to protect the privacy rights of individuals living in Kansas. Respecting individual liberty, the bill makes it unlawful to “disclose or receive information about any person acquired through the operation of an unmanned aerial vehicle.”

The bill does allow for unmanned vehicles to be used for data collection purposes when a warrant has been issued to do so. The bill notes that drones can be used “to collect information from a public area pursuant to a warrant authorized under this section or pursuant to an order issued by any court that is a court of competent jurisdiction.” The bill makes a strong distinction between allowed usage and prohibited usage.

Referred to the Committee on Federal and State Affairs, this bill will be considered in the current legislative session. Through this legislation, the Sunflower State is pursuing a course of rejection toward any force that may act to deprive individuals of due process rights, firmly established and considered indispensable to a free society.

HB2683 makes it known that Kansas would stand strong against governmental overreach on all levels.

Dave Benner

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