Dear Representative St. Onge & State Senate Republican Members of the Judiciary Committee

Subject: Oppose HB 22 “As Is” we are asking for changes.

We met at Take Back Kentucky on February 17. 2018 and the ‘drone bill’ got brought up. I told them I was very proud there was no mentioning of “exigent circumstances” like previous versions of the language. There is no better technology we have than the rule of law, bill of rights and private property Diane. I explained to them as far as I can tell “legitimate governmental” includes operating with the citizens’ due process of law. Kudos.

I explained to them about how I explained to you that here is no proscription for a standing Army in the US Constitution and this notion or section allowing “armed military drones” was an honest mistake you had made in the crafting of this excellent legislation. Little did I know that the this errant language has somehow made it past the Kentucky State House.

Section 1 subsection 1.

“Except for unmanned aircraft systems operated by the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard, or a reserve component thereof, or by the Army National Guard or Air National Guard, unmanned aircraft systems may not be equipped with a lethal payload.”

This language is either written backwards or written perniciously. Take your pick. There is no need to address the use of armed military equipment in Kentucky outside of Posse Comitatus and the FAA’s already created and designated Military Operation Areas. Armed drones are weapons of war not policy enforcement (police) measures. They have no place here and neither does this language.

Please understand how much we APPRECIATE your efforts on this bill! This bill is the bill of rights or magna carta compared to some states’ drone legislation.

Is it too much to ask to amend your own legislation and remove Kentucky Citizen’s acquiescence to armed drones? Please remove the turd from the punch bowl so to speak?

Respectfully Submitted,

Joseph Redmon, Take Back Kentucky


One Response to “TBKY Bill News Oppose HB 22 Unmanned Drone Bill As Is”

  1. Clint says:

    Current Status of HB 22: AN ACT relating to public safety.
    Amend KRS 446.010 to define “unmanned aircraft system”; create a new section of KRS Chapter 500 to prescribe permitted and prohibited uses of drones; provide exceptions; prohibit use of evidence obtained by a drone in violation of stated prohibitions; authorize that section to be cited as the “Citizens’ Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act”; create a new section of KRS Chapter 501 to clarify criminal liability for offenses committed using a drone; create a new section of KRS Chapter 525 to create the offense of obstructing an emergency responder.

    Jun 05, 2017 – Prefiled by the sponsor(s).
    Jan 02, 2018 – introduced in House; to Small Business & Information Technology (H)
    Jan 05, 2018 – reassigned to Judiciary (H)
    Jan 08, 2018 – posted in committee
    Jan 10, 2018 – reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar
    Jan 11, 2018 – 2nd reading, to Rules
    Jan 16, 2018 – posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    Jan 17, 2018 – 3rd reading, passed 94-0
    Jan 18, 2018 – received in Senate
    Jan 19, 2018 – to Judiciary (S)

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