Spokane City Council lays down rules on drones

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by HONORA SWANSON, JORDAN LONGACRE & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 5:25 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 20 at 7:52 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane City Council laid down its rules on drone use Tuesday morning even though no agencies are currently using the technology.

If a city department wants to use a drone in public places, it will need to hold a meeting and explain why it needs one. Many at the meeting said they are still concerned about privacy while others praised the council president for being proactive about coming up with with the ordinance.

The ordinance says that any city department wanting a drone will have to go through an appeals process. They are required to publicly explain why they  need one, who would have access to collected video, and how long to surveillance would go on.

The City Council would have final say on whether to allow it or not however.

The ordinance only applies to City of Spokane Agencies, not privately purchased drones.

 

 

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