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.READ MORE: Masks Will Be Optional Next School Year In Miami-Dade
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.READ MORE: ‘Craps, Roulette & Sports Betting’: Florida Senate Approves 30-Year Gaming Deal With Seminole Tribe
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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.MORE NEWS: Miami Beach Announces Restrictions For Memorial Day Holiday Weekend
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