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Negron's drone bill clears Senate, awaits passage in House



Well, that was easy.

The Senate unanimously approved SB 92 by a 39-0 vote on Thursday.

Sponsored by the chamber's appropriations chair, Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, the bill pleased both sides of the aisle in limiting how local law enforcement's use of drones.

"I believe it achieves a delicate balance between security and freedom," Negron said before his bill passed the Senate floor. A companion bill in the House awaits a vote on the floor.


The bill bans local law enforcement officials from using drones without a warrant or threat of a terrorist attack and prohibit information collected by drones to be used as evidence in courts.

Many of the bill's restrictions are already prohibited by the Federal Aviation Administration or the policies of the two Florida law enforcement agencies who are actually cleared to use them. So while it might feel good to pass, the bill may not have an obvious impact on how drones are regulated.



[Last modified: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:25am]


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