April 30, 2013
by Jay Reding
The Minnesota House of Representatives is joining over 20 other states in attempting to ban the use of “drones,” an informal term referring to a wide variety of remotely-operated aerial vehicles. House File 1620 was proposed by Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL-60B) and is co-sponsored by several other legislators from both parties. The bill would ban not only law enforcement use of drones, but also private individuals from using remotely-controlled aircraft to take photographs or video of any persons or private property without permission. Violation of the proposed law would be a felony. The bill is currently pending in committee.