Lots of interesting new bills introduced in the state legislature today. Here’s a run down of a few that caught my eye:
Drones HB1373, introduced by Rep. Rick Becker, would restrict the use of surveillance drones by law enforcement in the state (see my interview with Rep. Becker here). The law would require that law enforcement get a warrant for the use of drones in any sort of a criminal investigation, but would allow drone use without a warrant in exigent circumstances such as weather disasters and child abductions.
Family Law HB1423, introduced by Rep. Naomi Muscha, would require a six month waiting period for couples seeking to get divorced during which time they’d be required to attend “at least five one-hour counseling sessions” provided by clergy or any licensed counselor. Marriages in which there is evidence of domestic abuse would be exempted.
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