By CHRIS LEHMAN
New restrictions on drones are moving forward in the Oregon legislature. Lawmakers reached an agreement Tuesday on a measure that would limit the way law enforcement can use unmanned aircraft.
Earlier this year, hobbyists raised a fuss when lawmakers considered a measure that would have required all unmanned aircraft — even a child’s toy — to be registered with the state. The compromise version of the bill removes that requirement.
Instead, it focuses on how law enforcement uses drones. The measure would require cops to get a warrant before using a drone, except when a crime is in progress.
Democratic Senator Floyd Prozanski says it’s meant to limit police from using drones to spy on random people. “We, I think, as citizens are not ready to have that type of presence in our lives.”