UAV Police Bill Heads to Full Senate in Utah

A Senate committee in Utah has given its approval to advance to the full state Senate legislation that would regulate police usage of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, requires a warrant in order for law enforcement agencies to operate UAVs except in court-approved cases, according to an article by The Salt Lake Tribune.

The proposal also mandates that law enforcement agencies provide annual UAV usage reports to the Utah Department of Public Safety and post that information on their websites.

According to Stephenson, the bill is focused on UAV operations by law enforcement officers and not meant to stymie commercial UAV development in Utah.

Read the full Salt Lake Tribune article here.

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