House panel OKs bill regulating police drone use

House panel OKs bill regulating police drone use

SPRINGFIELD -- An Illinois House committee has approved legislation that regulates the use of drones by law enforcement authorities.

By a vote of 14-0, the House Judiciary Committee adopted two amendments to the bill Tuesday night.

The bill now advances to the House floor. Similiar legislation was approved in the Senate, 52-1.

The legislation requires police, in most cases, to get a warrant before using an unmanned aerial vehicle for surveillance. They can use the small aerial vehicles without a warrant for crime scene and traffic crash scene photography.

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