JEFFERSON CITY - The use of manned or unmanned aircraft for criminal investigations or surveillance of farms would be barred in Missouri under a bill advanced by the House.
The legislation given first-round approval Wednesday would still allow law enforcement agencies to conduct aerial surveillance if they have a warrant or there's immediate danger.
Republican Rep. Casey Guernsey, of Bethany, said his bill protects privacy rights and prevents unwanted surveillance. The measure would prevent evidence obtained during unwanted surveillance from being introduced in any potential criminal court proceeding.
Republican Rep. Paul Curtman, of Pacific, added a provision that prevents reporters and news organizations from conducting air surveillance. He cited journalism school courses in drone usage as the reason for his amendment.
The measure needs one more vote before moving the Senate.