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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida law enforcement and government agencies may soon be using drones a lot more under a bill approved by a Senate committee on Tuesday.

State law prohibits law enforcement from using drones to gather information, with limited exceptions.

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The bill unanimously approved by the Criminal Justice Committee would expand those exceptions to allow use of the devices for gathering evidence at a crime scene or traffic crash or to assist with traffic control.

Law enforcement wouldn’t be able to use drones to issue traffic citations.

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The bill would also allow state and local agencies to use drones to assess damage after floods, wildfires and natural disasters.

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