Oregon Senate Passes Anti-Drone Bill for Law Enforcement
SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Senate has passed a bill barring law enforcement officers from using drones to acquire information except with a warrant or in emergency circumstances.
The bill now goes back to the House, which passed the original version, but now must consider changes the Senate made.
Supporters said the bill was an important first step in regulating the new technology and protecting citizens' privacy. Some opponents said there are still privacy and legal issues the bill fails to address.
Among other provisions, the bill prohibits weapons on drones and pre-empts local government regulation of drones.
The bill also establishes criminal penalties for violating personal property or trespassing with a drone.