Drone use for law enforcement would require warrant under bill

The Seattle TimesFebruary 27, 2014 

Drones couldn’t be used for criminal investigation without a warrant, but if a drone collected information about criminal activity during a permitted use, it could be used in court, Rep. David Taylor, a Moxee Republican and prime sponsor of

The bill would require state agencies to receive approval from their governing bodies before procuring drones and to obtain warrants for most uses.

Drones could be used for non-law-enforcement purposes, such as wildlife management, habitat preservation and environmental-damage assessment.

Passed 83-15 in the state House, the bill draws policy points from a drone bill stalled last year as well as House Bill 2178, which would ban the use of drones above private property without permission from owners.

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