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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]

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

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

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.


State Senator Rob Hogg

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA 50319

(515) 281-3371 (switchboard)


Founder of Cedar Rapids Tea Party Endorses Rod Blum

Founder of Cedar Rapids Tea Party Endorses Rod Blum for U.S. Congress

I have had the opportunity to meet and discuss the issues with both Republican Candidates running for United States Representative for District 1 in Iowa. After reviewing both their positions on all of the issues and intentions, and after careful consideration, I have decided to endorse Rod Blum for Congress.

Rod Blum has been a successful business man and entrepreneur for his entire professional career, creating jobs and balancing a budget. Rod Blum understands the inner workings of the private sector and economy. Rod is a man of character and integrity, who stands apart from many of the other run of the mill, status quo politicians.

Congress currently receives an outrageous $175,000 salary per year. Rod will only accept the median income for an American of $39,366 as his Congressional pay showing that he is going to serve the people of Iowa, not his own interests. Rod also will work to bring a balanced budget, while ensuring we take care of the needs of our seniors and the military. He has a strong understanding of the Constitution and I believe he will use this important document as a guide for his decisions and votes while serving in Congress. He has made the voluntary pledge to serve only 3 terms in Congress and has no desire to become a career politician.

Rod Blum is the only candidate with the experience and skills needed to defeat Democrat Bruce Braley. Rod will go to Washington DC and represent us as a citizen legislator.

Rod Blum will work for the interests of the people of Iowa, while full filling his oath to defend and protect the Constitution. I am honored to endorse Rod Blum as the Republican Candidate for Congress in US House District 1.

Tim Pugh – Founder, Cedar Rapids Tea Party

Sponsored and Paid for by Blum for Congress 2012

Rod Blum’s reaction to CISPA- the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Dubuque, IA – On Thursday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3523, the
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, commonly known as CISPA. The vote was 248
ayes to 168 nays, with 15 not voting. CISPA was passed with the “intention” of detecting cyber
threats say proponents of the bill, however its opponents say that this bill could allow private
internet providers to provide the government any amount of information, from the content of
private emails to your medical, financial, and educational records online.
Republican Candidate for U.S. Congress from the First District of Iowa, Rod Blum condemned
the passage of the bill, stating “The U.S. government continues to pass legislation that infringes
upon the rights of everyday Americans.”
“The passage of bills that violate our privacy and civil liberties such as CISPA are simply
unconstitutional,” added Mr. Blum. “The ability to peer into private activity on the Internet has
no foundation in the Constitution. Far too often Americans are asked to sacrifice their liberties
for the sake of ‘safety’ – I believe we can be safe AND hold dear our individual liberties.”
Mr. Blum went on to encourage conservative members of the U.S. Senate to uphold the
Constitution in making their vote on CISPA. “Protect our freedom on the Internet, protect our
privacy as citizens, and protect our Constitution,” he implored.

For more information visit http://www.rodblum.com/index.shtml