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Rand Paul’s Fillibuster


Wow, I can’t believe some of the things coming out of Rand Paul’s mouth there live on CSPAN.  Just kidding, yes I can.  You don’t grow up with Ron Paul as a father and not come away with deeply rooted ideas against tyranny.

Official portrait of United States Senator (R-KY).

Official portrait of United States Senator (R-KY). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love that he is standing up for the constitution.  I love the anti-war statements he’s made.  He is covering a lot of ground.  Could you imagine having all that information at your fingertips to cover more than 12 hours of time?  I am impressed with the other senators who have come forward to help Rand.  Under no circumstances should the government be able to use drones against American’s overseas or on our soil without due process.
Rand Paul will make his own path in politics and this filibuster is the beginning of that. I am thankful he grew up in a home where patriotism and the Constitution  is at the utmost importance.  I feel like the questions that Senator Rand Paul brought up are legitimate and must be answered!
I have been against the drones since I learned of their existence.  I do not like the idea of killing people at cafes, weddings, or barbeques.  That’s cowardice and cruel.  We should never have “collateral damage” and to all you American’s who still think it’s a good idea to have this drone program here at home– well I just don’t know what to make of you or your kind.
I was very unhappy with Rand and his support for Mitt Romney during the election but I felt like he made up for that a little bit today.  He still has a long way to go but he’s done more to protect our constitution than any other senator on that floor!


Iowa Drone Update


From: Ajai Dittmar~https://cedarrapidsactivist.wordpress.com/ [mailto:sibzianna@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:40 PM
To: Hogg, Rob [LEGIS]
Subject:

Where do you stand on the drone issue? We don’t want any drones over us!
hogg

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 3:16 pm
RE:
From Hogg, Rob [LEGIS] [LEGIS] Rob.Hogg@legis.iowa.govhide details
Ajai-

Thank you for your email regarding Senate File 276, a bill about the use of drones over Iowa. I appreciate hearing from you. I apologize for sending you a standard form response, but due to the volume of emails I have received on this issue, it is necessary.

I personally support regulation of drones that strictly limits their use and imposes meaningful safeguards on any use. Unfortunately, SF276 is a poorly drafted bill that would actually allow widespread use of drones now, and unlimited use of drones beginning July 1, 2015. You can review the bill in the “bill book” at http://www.legis.iowa.gov.

Here are several specific problems with the bill:

1. The bill, as drafted, has no penalty for the illegal use of “unmanned aircraft systems.”

2. The bill, as drafted, does not state which agency would be responsible for enforcing regulations on “unmanned aircraft systems.”

3. The term “unmanned aircraft system” is not defined. Iowa has never had any drone regulations, so the bill would leave it up to an unspecified agency or the courts to define what “unmanned aircraft system” includes.

4. The bill, as drafted, only applies to unspecified state agencies and agencies of political subdivisions with “jurisdiction over criminal law enforcement.” This would clearly not cover drone use by individuals, businesses, or state agencies like the department of natural resources, the department of transportation, the department of human services, or the department of public defense. By implication, those uses would be allowed.

5. The bill, as drafted, expressly allows the use of “unmanned aircraft systems” for disaster situations, amber alerts, and search-and-rescue operations, and by implication would allow the use of those systems for training for those purposes. The bill, as drafted, would allow agencies to determine for themselves when these situations exist as well as how much training for those situations could be done. Again, if the agency violated the law, there would be no enforcement or penalty.

6. The bill, as drafted, only regulates “unmanned aircraft systems” through July 1, 2015. It is my understanding that drone use for commercial purposes is expected to increase significantly after that date due to changes in federal regulations. It is unclear why the sponsors of SF276 chose to limit the proposed regulation only through July 1, 2015.

I believe passing this bill now would do more harm than good for those who want to limit and regulate drone use in Iowa. I wish advocates had contacted me earlier in the session when there would have been time to draft a proper senate judiciary study bill, but no one contacted me before late last week, and the deadline for bill requests has now passed.

For advocates who want to limit drone use now, the best course is to make sure Governor Branstad does not allow his state agencies – DPS, DNR, DOT, DHS, etc. – to use or encourage drones. For example, his economic development agency encouraged the manufacturing of drones in Iowa with an award of $175,000 in incentives to a drone manufacturer to locate in the state. If you would like to share your concerns about drones with Governor Branstad, you can call his office at 515-281-5211 during work hours.

Finally, to help you get involved in the legislative process so we can actually pass good legislation next year, I want to invite you to attend a public meeting on drones Wednesday morning, March 6, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., in Room 22 behind the Senate chamber at the Capitol to discuss the issue.

I hope to see you there.

Rob

State Senator Rob Hogg

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 281-3371 (switchboard)

http://www.robhogg.org