Americas Regulation

Senate panel passes anti-drone bill with law-enforcement exceptions

By Jennifer Curington

TALLAHASSEE — A panel of senators unanimously passed legislation that will prohibit the use of drones as surveillance tools in Florida — but only after creating exemptions for law enforcement who get search warrants or cite emergency situations.

“These issues are about boundaries and there is a line to be drawn, you have to draw the line somewhere and so where I draw the line is having these unmanned drones hovering in the sky and potentially visualizing hundreds of these in the air over Florida at any given moment just surveilling law abiding Floridians,” said Sen. Joe Negron, R-Naples, sponsor of the Freedom for Unwarranted Surveillance Act.

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