Ore. police drone bill set to become law

Ore. police drone bill set to become law

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 7:25 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 27 at 11:23 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon House has given final legislative approval to a bill limiting law enforcement's use of drones for surveillance.

The measure passed 56-3 on Wednesday, ending a months of discussion about drone regulation. The bill now goes to Gov. John Kitzhaber who intends to sign it, a spokeswoman confirmed.

The bill would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before using a drone to gather evidence. The drones could not be fitted with weapons.

From the outset, civil liberty advocates raised the concern that the unregulated use of drones could infringe on citizens' privacy rights. Representatives from the unmanned aerial vehicle industry said strict regulations could hurt a promising industry.

Lawmakers said the final bill will protect citizens' privacy without restricting the state's growing drone industry.

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