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Bill Would Establish Strict Rules For Drone Use

 
  

Supporters of the bill say it would establish some of the nation's strictest standards. Those would include a requirement for law enforcement agencies to get warrants except in certain emergencies. 

Agencies would also be required to notify the public when they intended to use drones and the data collected by unmanned aircraft would be destroyed within six months.  It would also be illegal for public entities to arm their drones.

The bill has bipartisan support, though it is opposed by several California law enforcement organizations, who prefer the same rules that currently apply to manned aircraft. 

They object to destroying the data after six months, noting that investigations often take longer than that. The measure moves next to the state Senate.

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