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Today at the State House: Keeping drones out of prison

Eric Harkins started a business out of his home, mapping large tracts of land, inspecting roofs and the like. Last summer he started a drone business association.
Eric Harkins started a business out of his home, mapping large tracts of land, inspecting roofs and the like. Last summer he started a drone business association. tdominick@thestate.com

This morning at the S.C. State House, senators will be discussing the dangers posed by drones to the state’s jails and prisons.

S.176, a bill introduced by Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw, would make it a crime to fly an unmanned aircraft within a certain distance of a facility operated by the S.C. Department of Corrections. It will be taken up by the Senate’s corrections and penology subcommittee.

Officials haved worried about drones as a possible way to smuggle contraband over the prison walls, although drone operators say drone flights are already regulated by federal law.

Elsewhere, a joint study committee will consider several changes to the state’s laws on the humane treatment of animals.

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8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Legislative Luncheon--South Carolina High School League, Blatt Room 112

8:30 a.m. Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporations on Rembert and Van Wyck, Gressette Room 207

10 a.m. Senate Corrections and Penology Subcommittee, Gressette Room 408

12:30 p.m. Pet Care and Humane Treatment Study Committee, Blatt Room 110

1 p.m. Governor's Nuclear Advisory Council, Gressette Room 209

(15 minutes after the House adjourns) Freshman Caucus, Blatt Room 321

(Immediately upon adjournment of the House) Ways and Means Transportation and Regulatory Subcommittee, Blatt Room 318

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