Washington government task force on drones meets

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 30 at 7:40 PM

SEATTLE - A government task force assigned to propose regulations for drone use in Washington state is holding its first meeting in Olympia on Monday.

The first job of the task force is to figure out how to narrow its focus. Chairman Michael Cockrill, Washington's chief information officer, is suggesting the group use its four scheduled meetings to focus on government agency use of drones and the information they gather.

The task force was convened at the request of the governor when he vetoed a drone bill passed by the Legislature. Inslee says he chose to veto the bill partly because he was worried it would restrict public access to government data.

The governor also has put a ban on government agencies purchasing or using the new technology for the next year.

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