Panel to review drone regulation bill

8:43 PM, Mar 2, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A legislative committee will be taking a closer look at the details of a bill to impose regulations on unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones.

The Judiciary Committee has scheduled a work session for Thursday afternoon. Law enforcement, businesses and others who would be impacted by the bill are expected to participate.

The Judiciary Committee last week held a public hearing on the bill, which is strongly endorsed by the American Civil Liberties Union's Maine chapter. The ACLU was joined by others who see drones as a threat to personal privacy.

The bill would regulate police agencies' acquisition and operation of drones, and require a warrant in most cases before police could use drones for surveillance.

Maine's attorney general and state police raised a number of questions about the bill.

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