Ore. Legislature considers drone regulation

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Associated Press

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 20 at 9:32 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers will consider a bill that would regulate the future use of drones by private citizens and law enforcement agencies.

The measure will have its first public hearing on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Then bill would require officers to obtain a search warrant before using a drone for surveillance. It would also make it illegal for citizens to use drones to eavesdrop, wiretap, spy or stalk.

Supporters of the bill say it is necessary to protect citizens' privacy.

But opponents say it could hurt Oregon's drone manufacturing and technology industry. Hobbyists are also concerned that the definition of drone is too broad and could be applied to remote-control model airplanes.

Two other bills are aimed at protecting civil liberties when law enforcement and government agencies use drones.

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