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SB15-059: Use Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Criminal Legal Reform | Privacy & Technology
Bill Number: SB15-059
Year: 2015
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: Newell


The bill permits law enforcement to use an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) under the following circumstances:
• When it receives a search warrant authorizing the use prior to the use;
• When it is needed to prevent imminent harm to life or to forestall the imminent escape of a suspect or the destruction of evidence; and
• When there is a high risk of a terrorist attack determined by the department of homeland security.

A law enforcement agency must receive federal aviation administration authority prior to using a UAV, and the UAV may not exceed 25 pounds.

The bill creates parameters for individual, recreational, civil, and industrial use of UAVs.

Current Status:

02/25/2015 - Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
01/12/2015 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary

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