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Bill limiting drone use up for public hearing

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MADISON (WKOW) – A bill up for vote on Wednesday would prohibit law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin from using drones unless they have a search warrant or legitimate reason.

The bipartisan proposal from Rep. Tyler August would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before using unmanned aircraft equipped with video or audio recording devices as part of criminal investigations.  If evidence is obtained illegally, it would not be allowed.

The only exceptions would apply in certain situations, such as rescue operations or manhunts.

The proposal would ban drones from being used to intrude people's privacy.  However, they could be used in public areas where the expectation of privacy is low.  Under current law, there are no such guidelines.

A number of municipalities and states have passed or are considering similar limits to drones.

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