TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 10, 2013) – A bill restricting the use of drones in the Sunshine State unanimously passed the Florida Senate Wednesday morning.
SB92 would prohibit any law enforcement agency from using unmanned drones to gather evidence or other information without a warrant.
“A law enforcement agency may not use a drone to gather evidence or other information.”
The bill opens the door for any person whose privacy is violated by a drone to take civil action and would also make any evidence gathered in violation of the act inadmissible in court.
The act makes its only exception allowing for the use of drones “to counter a high risk of a terrorist attack by a specific individual or organization if the United States Secretary of Homeland Security determines that credible intelligence indicates that there is such a risk.”
The Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act passed 39-0 with one Senator not voting. (See the roll call HERE)
Sen. Joe Negron sponsored the bill.
“I believe it achieves a delicate balance between security and freedom,” he said before the full Senate vote.
SB92 sailed through five committee hearings with unanimous approval in each.
“I believe that privacy should be protected and I look forward to signing Sen. Negron’s drone bill. This law will ensure that the rights of Florida families are protected from the unwarranted use of drones and other unmanned aircraft,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said.
The House companion bill HB119 must now be passed before “the drone bill” can become law.Details