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Tell McDonnell: Sign Anti-Drone Bill into Law!

From: bruce
Sent on: Thursday, February 7, 2013 10:21 AM

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From: Nick Grenier
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Subject: [novalibertygroup] Tell McDonnell: Sign Anti-Drone Bill into Law!
To: [address removed]

Please help put the heat on the governor to sign this bill into law -- it puts a moratorium on drone use in VA.  Just a quick email or phone call to ask him to sign is fine (my example below if you wish).

McDonnell phone: (804)[masked]

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Dear Governor McDonnell,

Please sign into law HB 2012, SB 1331, and/or any other bills restricting drone use in the state of Virginia that make it to your desk.



Virginia Becomes First State to Pass Drone Regulations

Bill would put moratorium on drone use until July 1, 2015

February 5, 2013

The Virginia General Assembly passed a bill Tuesday that will put a two-year moratorium on the use of drones by state and local law enforcement. If signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, Virginia will become the first state in the U.S. to enact drone regulations.

Virginia House Bill 2012 easily passed Monday by a vote of 83-16 and its companion, Senate Bill 1331, passed Tuesday by a vote of 36-2.

The measures require that no state or local law enforcement agency "shall utilize an unmanned aircraft system before July 1, 2015." In cases where there is a "major disaster" or Amber Alert, a search and rescue operation using police drones may be used when "necessary to protect life, health, or property."

Both bills are largely pared down from earlier drafts, which would have required law enforcement to obtain government permission to purchase a drone and a warrant in order to operate the unmanned aerial vehicles.

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