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Originally published: 2014-01-20 12:05:48
Last modified: 2014-01-20 12:06:34

N.C. House committee to study drones

by Staff Reports

A North Carolina legislative committee tasked with studying the issue of surveillance drones and other unmanned aircraft will hold its first public meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Legislative Building in Raleigh.

The House Committee on Unmanned Aircraft Systems is chaired by Rep. Mitchell Setzer (R-Catawba) and Rep. John A. Torbett (R-Gaston).

According to committee documents, the group's purpose is to study the economic benefits of drones, as well as associated safety and privacy issues.

A provision in the 2013-15 state budget placed a two-year moratorium on the purchasing of drones by police and other government agencies in North Carolina.  

Drone legislation has been proposed in 43 states and enacted in Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.