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LePage Seeks to Create State Policy on Drones
08/16/2013 10:46 AM ET  

Gov. Paul LePage says he's creating a state policy on the use of drones after vetoing a bill passed this session which he says "steps too far."

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine Gov. Paul LePage wants to establish a state policy on the use of unmanned aerial drones by law enforcement.

The Republican governor signed an executive order on Friday that directs the Commissioner of Public Safety to come up with a policy that will govern law enforcement's use and operation of drones. The state has to come up with a policy by February.

The Democratic-led Legislature approved a bill in June that would have banned law enforcement from using drones for surveillance unless they have a search warrant.

But LePage vetoed the bill, saying the bill "steps too far,'' would lead to lawsuits and hurt job growth in the aerospace industry. In his veto message, he said he would seek to create a state policy on drones.



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