Ore. lawmakers considers drone regulation

Ore. lawmakers considers drone regulation

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CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, NV - AUGUST 08: An MQ-9 Reaper flies by on a training mission August 8, 2007 at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada. The Reaper is the Air Force's first "hunter-killer" unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and is designed to engage time-sensitive targets on the battlefield as well as provide intelligence and surveillance. The jet-fighter sized Reapers are 36 feet long with 66-foot wingspans and can fly for as long as 14 hours fully loaded with laser-guided bombs and air-to-ground missiles. They can fly twice as fast and high as the smaller MQ-1 Predators reaching speeds of 300 mph at an altitude of up to 50,000 feet. The aircraft are flown by a pilot and a sensor operator from ground control stations. The Reapers are expected to be used in combat operations by the United States military in Afghanistan and Iraq within the next year. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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by By LAUREN GAMBINO Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 3:41 PM

SALEM -- 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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