Florida Senate Passes Bill Limiting Drone Use by Law Enforcement Agencies

The bill passed 39-0 Wednesday.

By James L. Rosica
|  Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013  |  Updated 11:04 AM EDT
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The Florida Senate passed a bill Wednesday to limit the use of drones in the state.

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The Florida Senate has unanimously passed a bill limiting Florida law enforcement agencies' use of drones.

The bill (SB 92) passed 39-0 Wednesday. It also had passed through all its committees unanimously.

Drones are aircraft piloted remotely and known from their use by the U.S. against terrorists overseas.

Sen. Joe Negron's bill restricts using drones to preventing imminent danger to life or serious damage to property.

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The bill also makes police get a search warrant before using a drone to collect evidence. An exception would be a credible threat of terrorist attack.

The Federal Aviation Administration allowed Miami-Dade Police and Orange County and Polk County Sheriff's Offices to use drones in Florida. A legislative staff report said Polk County stopped using its drone earlier this year because of costs.

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