Nebraska Lawmaker Proposes Drone Regulations

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A state senator says law enforcement shouldn't be able to use drones as spy gear.

Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus introduced a bill on Tuesday that would prohibit law enforcement from using drones as a surveillance tool to gather evidence against law breakers.

Schumacher says a constituent concerned about privacy rights convinced him that Nebraska needs to regulate drone use.

The measure would make it illegal for law enforcement to collect evidence using drones. Nebraska residents would be allowed to sue law enforcement if drones are used improperly.

Schumacher says the bill would allow law enforcement to use drones for counter terrorism purposes if Homeland Security has evidence of a potential high security risk.

The senator says he modeled his proposal after similar legislation in Florida.

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