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Senate panel OKs statewide rules on drones

Posted at 3:38 PM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 17:38:47-05
PHOENIX (AP) - New legislation creating a comprehensive state policy on drone use that includes a ban on cities and towns making their own rules has been advanced by an Arizona Senate committee.
Tuesday's action on Senate Bill 1449 came as negotiations between the sponsor, cities and towns and other groups interested in the proposed rules continue.
Republican Sen. John Kavanagh says he's working to allow some local rules on the remotely-controlled vehicles despite an outright ban on them in the version that passed the Senate Transportation Committee.
Businesses that hope to use drones commercially are pushing for uniform statewide rules.
The bill makes it a crime to use drones if they interfere with law enforcement or fire operations or if they are photograph sensitive locations like nuclear power plants.
The bill also makes it a crime to videotape people in their yards in some cases.