House drone infrastructure inspection bill clears first its hurdle
The US House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill today that aims to earmark up to $200 million in spending for drones use in wide-ranging inspections of the nation’s aging infrastructure.
House of Representatives bill 5315 calls for the increased use of drones for the inspection of critical infrastructure, and it took a major step toward eventual passage into law by clearing the lower chamber of Congress Wednesday in a 308 to 110 vote. The draft legislation was introduced last year as a precursor to the identically named Drone Infrastructure Inspection Grant Act (DIIG) tabled by bipartisan sponsors in the Senate as a companion proposal last month.
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Sponsored in the House by Arizona Democrat Greg Stanton, the legislation would free up $100 million in competitive grants for the deployment of drones in conducting critical infrastructure…