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Florida Bill Would Make It First State to Regulate Police Drones

Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 07:45 PM

By Greg Richter

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The Florida Legislature has unanimously passed a bill that would make it the first state in the nation to limit the use of drone aircraft by police.

Gov. Rick Scott has said he will sign the bill into law. The act passed the House 117-0 on Wednesday after passing the Senate 39-0 last week, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

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The law says police cannot use unmanned remote control aircraft unless they obtain a warrant, they fear for the safety of a person or property, or if Homeland Security has declared an imminent threat. Other instances of allowed use would be to prevent a suspect from escaping or to prevent evidence from being destroyed.

Any use of drone aircraft outside the law’s specifications would not be admissible in court. Any person who feels he or she was unlawfully observed with a drone could file a lawsuit.

“I look forward to signing it when it reaches my desk,” the governor said in a press release.


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