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The Idaho House of Representatives recently voted unanimously to approve a measure that adds commercial and industrial property to agricultural areas where drones wouldn’t be allowed without permission.

BOISE (AP) — Restrictions on using drones for surveillance on individuals and private property would be increased under legislation that headed to the Senate on Wednesday.

The House voted unanimously to approve the measure that adds commercial and industrial property to agricultural areas where drones wouldn’t be allowed without permission.

The legislation allows law enforcement agencies and fire departments to use drones without a warrant for such things as traffic management with large crowds, to assess damage following a natural disaster, and search and rescue operations.

There’s also an exception for utility companies checking their equipment.