Florida Senate Panel Clears Measure Limiting Law Enforcement Use of Drones

The Senate Judiciary committee Tuesday voted 9-0 to advance the bill (SB 92) that addresses various sizes of aircraft that are piloted remotel

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    Jodi Hernandez

    A Senate panel has unanimously cleared a measure that would limit Florida's law enforcement agencies from using drones.

    The Senate Judiciary committee Tuesday voted 9-0 to advance the bill (SB 92) that addresses various sizes of aircraft that are piloted remotely. They've become well known from their use by the U.S. against terrorists overseas.

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    Sen. Joe Negron's bill would restrict drones' use to "prevent(ing) imminent danger to life or serious damage to property." The bill would also make police get a search warrant before using a drone to collect evidence. An exception would be a "credible" threat of terrorist attack.

    Only the Miami-Dade Police and Orange County Sheriff's Office currently have drones among Florida police. A Miami-Dade police lieutenant said his agency hasn't yet used a drone.

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