Drone Prohibition Bill Rejected By House Committee
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lawmakers in the House have killed a bill that would have banned drones from flying over areas deemed "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
The House criminal justice committee voted 7-4 Tuesday to reject the proposal by Baton Rouge Sen. Mack "Bodi" White after hearing concerns that the list of critical infrastructure was too broad.
The list included power plants, water treatment facilities, banks and transportation systems, among others.
White said the bill would protect areas that are important to national security. He said private unmanned aircraft is becoming more prominent and can be dangerous.
The Louisiana Environmental Action Network and media associations opposed the bill, arguing the ban would stop them from tracking environmental emergencies.