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Maine Bill Seeks to Regulate Drones
02/26/2013 02:34 PM ET  

The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Patrick, a Democrat from Rumford, would regulate police agencies' acquisition and operation of drones, and would require a warrant for using them for surveillance.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A legislative committee is taking up a bill to regulate the use of drones by law-enforcement agencies in Maine.

The Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the bill, which is sponsored by Democratic Sen. John Patrick of Rumford.

Patrick's bill regulates police agencies' acquisition and operation of the unmanned aerial vehicles. It would require a warrant in most cases before police could use drones for surveillance.

In describing the emergence of the eyes in the sky, Patrick told the committee that Big Brother is no longer the stuff of science fiction.

The American Civil Liberties Union's Maine chapter supports Patrick's bill. The ACLU says several other state legislatures are considering bills to limit drone use, and Virginia has passed a law imposing a two-year moratorium on drone use.



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