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Majority Office — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 15, 2013

CONTACT: Holly Demers, (850) 487-5032


Bill To Limit Use Of Drones By Government Passes First Senate Committee

Tallahassee, Florida– Today, Senator Negron's (R-Stuart) "Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act" (SB92) unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice. The bill will place common sense guidelines on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Florida. “I support the use of drones to kill terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq, but not to monitor the activities of law abiding Floridians,” said Sen. Negron.

UAVs or drones, as they are commonly known, are unmanned aircraft used for surveillance. Due to their prolific and effective use in overseas combat there has been increased interest in domestic use by government and law enforcement agencies. This bill sets rules to prohibit their use without a warrant while providing exemptions for high risk situations where swift action is required.

"I am proud that this important bill was both the first heard in the 2013 Legislative Session and passed with overwhelming support," said Sen. Negron. "This bill will protect the privacy of our citizens while providing law enforcement the tools necessary to respond to emergencies."

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