House kills drone airspace restriction bill

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Posted: Apr 29, 2014 4:03 PM by Brock Sues
Updated: Apr 29, 2014 4:03 PM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the state House killed a bill that would have banned drones from flying over areas deemed "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.

In the proposal by Baton Rouge Sen. Mack "Bodi" White, power plants, water treatment facilities, banks, and transportation systems would be protected by the bill.

White said private unmanned aircraft are becoming more prominent and can be dangerous. He said protecting these areas is important to national security.

The Louisiana Environmental Action Network and media associations opposed the bill, arguing the ban would stop them from tracking environmental emergencies

The House criminal justice committee voted 7-4 Tuesday to reject the proposal after hearing concerns that the list of critical infrastructure outlined in the bill was too broad.

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