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Drone privacy bill headed for amendments

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation intended to protect Idahoans' privacy by restricting how law enforcement uses drones is headed to the Senate for possible changes to allow more law enforcement use. The bill, aimed at establishing legal guidelines for the use of unmanned aircraft in criminal investigations, could see amendments to add more flexibility for state and local police, according to its Republican sponsor, Sen. Chuck Winder of Boise. After the Senate State Affairs Committee discussed the bill Friday, Winder said he would explore adding language to let search and rescue teams and law enforcement use unmanned aerial drones during lawful searches. The original version allowed police to use drones without warrants in marijuana eradication cases only. Winder said the new language would allow unmanned aircraft to be used for other reasons, like hostage or school intruder emergencies.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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