Wisconsin Bill Seeks To Limit Drones

Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is introducing legislation to limit the use of drones in Wisconsin.

The Associated Press reports the bill would require law enforcement officers to obtain search warrants before using unmanned aircraft as part of criminal investigations. Exceptions would apply in certain situations, such as during manhunts or rescue operations.

A number of states and municipalities have passed or are considering similar limits on drones. Their laws do not apply to federal agencies.

The bill written by Republican Rep. Tyler August, of Lake Geneva, also would bar private individuals from using drones to intrude others’ privacy. People could use drones in public areas where the expectation of privacy is low. Current law does not provide such guidelines.

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