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Changes to Hawaii drone bill relieves enthusiasts

Published: Feb. 18, 2014 at 4:56 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Senate Judiciary Committee today broadened a bill to regulate remote controlled aerial vehicles, commonly called drones.

Senate Bill 2608 originally sought to restrict the use of the machines to law enforcement only. But it was amended to include other uses.  "We'll look at what the FAA says about unmanned aircraft," said Sen. Clayton Hee, committee chairman.

The hearing room was crowded with drone enthusiasts who fly the craft for recreation.  "We're relieved," drone retailer Travis Ryan said.

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