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October 24, 2014, 2:45 am
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Proposed Law Regulating Drone Weaponry May Get Tweaked

An Illinois lawmaker may back off part of his bill to limit the use of unmanned drone aircraft by local law enforcement.


State Senator Daniel Biss has introduced legislation to limit how and when the drones can be used.


His original proposal also prohibited putting any lethal or non-lethal weaponry aboard those unmanned planes.


But Biss now says he may drop the weapons provision… at the request of law enforcement agencies.


Biss says he’s OK with focusing on the surveillance and privacy issues for now, and addressing the weapons question at a future time.


The bill has been assigned to a committee hearing set for this Wednesday.

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