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Iowa Legis. Panel Approves Drone Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The unlawful use of drones would be included in Iowa's trespassing code under a bill revised and approved by a legislative panel.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-0 Wednesday to approve the measure, with Democratic Sen. Steve Sodders opting not to vote. It is now eligible for debate on the Senate floor.

Under the bill, drone use would be considered trespassing if the device encroaches upon someone's privacy on private property.

Democratic Sen. Rich Taylor, who is leading efforts to change the bill approved by the House, says he thinks the revised bill is better but not perfect.

Despite the revisions, Sodders says the bill needs more work before it should be put to a vote.

Taylor says he expects further adjustments to be made on the Senate floor.

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