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  1. Minnesota Congressman Jason Lewis (R-MN-02) introduced the Drone Innovation Act, H.R. 2930 joined by Representatives Brownley (D-CA-26), Rokita (R-IN-04), and Garamendi (D-CA-03): H.R. 2930 addresses civil UAS flying up to 200 feet above ground level within a state, local, or tribal government’s jurisdiction. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) retains control over the national airspace. The bill directs the Secretary of Transportation to work with state and local officials to develop a framework for local operation, around a set of principles Lewis outlines to encourage innovation and protect privacy. The bill also establishes a pilot program for federal partnerships to assess best practices. You can read the full text of the bill here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2930/text Flying Magazine also has a decent write up on this new bill: http://www.flyingmag.com/congress-introduces-bipartisan-drone-innovation-act