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Task force meets to discuss drones in Washington

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 30, 2014 at 2:08 pm •  Published: June 30, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — A government task force assigned to propose regulations for drone use in Washington state raised a wide variety of potential issues —from privacy to public information — at its first meeting in Olympia on Monday.

The first job of the task force will be to narrow its focus, said Chairman Michael Cockrill, Washington's chief information officer. He suggested the group use its four scheduled meetings to focus on government agency use of drones and the information they gather.

The task force was convened at the request of the governor when he vetoed in April a drone bill passed by the Legislature. Inslee says he chose to veto the bill partly because he was worried it would restrict public access to government data.

The governor has put a ban on government agencies purchasing or using the new technology for the next year.

The task force has scheduled meetings to discuss the issue on Aug. 11, Oct. 13 and Nov. 10. Their goal is to prepare a new bill to present to the Legislature before it meets again in January 2015.

Members of the task force include people from the American Civil Liberties Union, a newspaper organization, the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs and an association of drone users.

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