Oregon Legislature Passes Law Enforcement Drones Bill
SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon House has given the 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.