Monday, May 20, 2013

Droning On: Senate amendments worsen drone bill

Senate amendments attached last week to Texas' "drone bill" created even more exemptions to criminal and civil penalties for photography by unmanned aircraft. See coverage of the bill from Computer World,  the Austin Statesman, and the Texas Tribune. Regrettably, Grits continues to see too many problems with the legislation to support it in its current form, with the Senate amendments only exacerbating its shortcomings. The legislation heads to conference committee amidst predictions from Forbes magazine that Texas stands to be one of the states that benefits most from a "drone economy" because of the aerospace and defense industries here.

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