Wash. proposal restricts buying, deploying drones

February 9, 2013 • Business

In this April 27, 2012, photo, Seattle Police officer Reuben Omelanchuk is at the controls of the department’s new, small radio-controlled Draganflyer X6 drone with a camera attached, in Seattle. The mayor of Seattle is ending the police department’s drone program after local residents protested, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Alan Berner) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLEPI.COM OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

SEATTLE (AP) — A new bill introduced by a Republican lawmaker in Olympia would put strict restrictions on how law enforcement agencies and state departments can buy and deploy aerial drones.

Rep. David Taylor’s proposal was introduced Friday, a day after Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn ordered the city’s police department to abandon its nascent drone program, which had received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration but was awaiting the go-ahead from the City Council.

Taylor’s extensive bill covers the purchase of drones, data collection by the unmanned aerial vehicles, search warrant requirements and mandated audits.

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