Fortune staffer Jonathan Vanian reports that two Illinois representatives introduced an amendment to a federal bill on Thursday that could potentially allow companies to commercially fly drones weighing less than 4.4. pounds without approval from the FAA.

The proposed amendment would erase current regulations that require all commercial drone operators to obtain an FAA certification or waiver. It would also make it possible for companies to use small drones for business-related purposes, such as aerial photography, checking power lines, and monitoring crops.

“This new classification will spur innovation and help small manufacturers like Horizon Hobby, which specializes in manufacturing drones for agriculture use, expand and create jobs,” said Illinois representatives Rodney Davis.

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