Florida Senate Passes Bill Limiting Drone Use by Law Enforcement Agencies

The bill passed 39-0 Wednesday.

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    The Florida Senate passed a bill Wednesday to limit the use of drones in the state.

    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.

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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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