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UPDATE: Governor signs bill restricting drones

UPDATED Tuesday, April 8, 2014 --- 4:10 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A group of legislators says Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that would restrict the use of unmanned drones in Wisconsin.

The bipartisan measure outlaws deploying a drone capable of making video or audio recordings in areas where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy. It also requires police to obtain warrants before using drones to collect evidence except in emergency situations. It also would make it a felony to sell, possess or operate a weaponized drone.

Two Democratic and two Republican bill sponsors issued a statement Tuesday saying Walker had signed the bill into law earlier in the day. A Walker spokeswoman didn't immediately return telephone and email messages.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 1, 2014 --- 1:03 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The use of unmanned drones for surveillance would be restricted under a bill that has passed the Wisconsin state Senate.

The bipartisan measure approved Tuesday on a voice vote would outlaw deploying a drone capable of making video or audio recordings in areas where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

It also would require police to obtain warrants before using drones to collect evidence except in emergency situations. It also would make it a felony to sell, possess or operate a weaponized drone.

The bill has previously passed the Assembly and now heads to Gov. Scott Walker.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 1, 2014 --- 10:57 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Senate is set to vote on a bill restricting drones.

The bipartisan measure would outlaw deploying a drone capable of making video or audio recordings in areas where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy. It also would require police to obtain warrants before using drones to collect evidence except in emergency situations and make it a felony to sell, possess or operate a weaponized drone.

The Senate passed the bill in February but the Assembly tweaked the language before approving it unanimously in late March. The means the Senate must sign off on the changes. The chamber is set to take them up on Tuesday, the last day of the two-year legislative session.

Approval would send the proposal on to Gov. Scott Walker.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, March 20, 2014 --- 3:55 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- It would be a crime to deploy an unmanned drone capable of video or audio recording in areas where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy under a bill that has passed the Wisconsin Assembly.

The bipartisan bill approved unanimously Thursday would also require police to obtain warrants before using drones to collect evidence. Police could use drones freely in certain emergency situations like manhunts or rescue operations.

The Senate previously passed the bill on a voice vote. It now heads to Gov. Scott Walker.

The bill comes as many states and local governments are considering similar limits in the face of an expanding use of the technology.

The proposal also would make it a felony to sell, possess or operate a weaponized drone.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, March 20, 2014 --- 6:42 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- It would be a crime to deploy an unmanned drone capable of video or audio recording in areas where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy under a bill before the Wisconsin Assembly.

The bipartisan bill up for a vote Thursday would also require police to obtain warrants before using drones to collect evidence. Police could use drones freely in certain emergency situations like manhunts or rescue operations.

The Senate previously passed the bill on a voice vote. If the Assembly passes it, the measure would go to Gov. Scott Walker.

The bill comes as many states and local governments are considering similar limits in the face of an expanding use of the technology.

The proposal also would make it a felony to sell, possess or operate a weaponized drone.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 1:37 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- It would be a crime to deploy an unmanned drone capable of video or audio recording in areas where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy under a bill that has passed the Wisconsin state Senate.

The bipartisan bill approved Tuesday on a voice vote would also require police to obtain warrants before using drones to collect evidence. Police could use drones freely in certain emergency situations like manhunts or rescue operations.

The bill comes as many states and local governments are considering similar limits in the face of an expanding use of the technology.

The proposal also would make it a felony to sell, possess or operate a weaponized drone.

The measure now heads to the Assembly.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 18, 2014 ---- 7:42 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate is planning to vote on passing a bill that would make it a crime to deploy an unmanned drone capable of video or audio recording in areas where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

The bipartisan bill up for a vote Tuesday would also require police to obtain warrants before using drones to collect evidence. Police could use drones freely in certain emergency situations like manhunts or rescue operations.

The bill comes as many states and local governments are considering similar limits in the face of an expanding use of the technology.

The proposal also would make it a felony to sell, possess or operate a weaponized drone.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday May 22, 2013 -- 5:24 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A bill that would prohibit law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin from using drones unless they have a search warrant or legitimate reason is up for a hearing Wednesday.

The bipartisan proposal from Rep. Tyler August would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before using unmanned aircraft equipped with video or audio recording devices as part of criminal investigations. Evidence will not be allowed if obtained illegally.

Exceptions would apply in certain situations, such as during manhunts or rescue operations.

The proposal would ban drones from being used to intrude people's privacy. They could be used in public areas where the expectation of privacy is low. Current law does not provide such guidelines.

A number of states and municipalities have passed or are considering similar limits on drones.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, May 9, 2013 --- 11:35 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers is introducing legislation to limit the use of drones in Wisconsin.

The bill would require law enforcement officers to obtain search warrants before using unmanned aircraft as part of criminal investigations. Exceptions would apply in certain situations, such as during manhunts or rescue operations.

A number of states and municipalities have passed or are considering similar limits on drones. Their laws do not apply to federal agencies.

The bill written by Republican Rep. Tyler August, of Lake Geneva, also would bar private individuals from using drones to intrude others' privacy. People could use drones in public areas where the expectation of privacy is low. Current law does not provide such guidelines.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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