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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


The Fiscal Cliff and the Rising Cost of Milk


079 Capitol Hill United States Congress 1993

079 Capitol Hill United States Congress 1993 (Photo credit: David Holt London)


ABC News has been going on and on about  the so-called “fiscal cliff” we’re about to go over,  but many of us already know that we’ve done gone over that cliff and we’re about to hit rock bottom.
“It may be too late for a deal” says ABC News.  “Doubling the price of milk may push us over the ‘dairy cliff'” they claim.
An average gallon of milk cost about $3.50 to $3.99 and  if lawmakers can’t come up with a solution by January 1, 2013 we may have to pay twice that because the government will no longer give dairy farmers subsidies which will in turn force farmers to raise the price of milk!
Maybe the government should stop paying farmers to not to farm their land
If these so-called “leaders” cannot come up with a solution or at least a reasonable compromise by the “deadline” then they should all lose their pay for being incompetent!
In fact, we should start fixing our economy by cutting lawmakers pay first!  They are all overpaid and none of them deserve the money they’re receiving.   Lawmakers have been playing these political games that affect each and every one of our lives for far too long and we pay them way too much money to do it!  If we took away the lawmakers’ pay/benefits then maybe American’s wouldn’t have to pay so much more in taxes and perhaps we can put an end to these abusive threats year after year.
Competent lawmakers would demand that the spending for these unconstitutional wars end before cutting into social programs that help people in the United States.   We cannot afford the empire building that the United States has been involved in for more than ten years  and most of us are sick of paying for these unconstitutional wars.
I am sick and tired of hearing lawmakers call  Social Security an entitlement program when it is our money! It is a tax that we have literally been forced to pay year after year without any kind of representation!  This money is taken from us and then spent by our governmentDid you know that Social Security money is used to pay for services like foster care?  
Who are these lawmakers hurting the most by playing their partisan games?  The poor and middle class– the people  who are already hurting! They are hurting seniors who worked their entire lives paying into a program that is supposed to help them when they got too old to work!
It’s time for our lawmakers to get real when it comes to taking our money.  Instead of cutting social programs that help  people here in the states it is time lawmakers cutting the spending for the unconstitutional wars our country is involved in and their own pay because they have proven that they are incompetent!


Randi Shannon Launches Iowa Senate Campaign


Randi Shannon Launches Iowa Senate Campaign.