UAV Bill Hits the Wisconsin State Legislature

A bill that would limit the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is being considered by the Wisconsin state legislature.

The bill requires a warrant for law enforcement officers to use UAVs outside of emergency situations and ‘would prohibit the use of [UAVs] to photograph, record or observe others in a places’ where privacy is a reasonable expectation, according to an article by WisconsinWatch.org.

State Rep. Tyler August, R-Lake Geneva, is the lead Assembly sponsor of the bill, which was initially heard at a legislative committee hearing in May 2013. A second hearing before a Senate committee was held on Jan. 15.

The bill has bipartisan support, with 18 Republicans and 11 Democrats listed as co-sponsors. However, the bill concerns the state Department of Justice (DOJ), which claims that it ‘would bar the use of evidence obtained by [UAVs] without a warrant even in ‘purely public spaces'’ and ‘might bar the accidental observance of private activity by [UAVs] used for some legitimate purpose but not the deliberate intrusion into private areas where no one happens to be.’

Although the bill has been amended to reflect those issues, the state DOJ nevertheless opposes its passage.

Read the full article here.

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