House approves limit on drone surveillance

Indiana Statehouse (WLFI File Photo)
Indiana Statehouse (WLFI File Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — State lawmakers took action Monday to limit the ability of the police to conduct video surveillance using a drone.

The one-sided vote in the House of Representatives was 85-11 for a bill that would require a search warrant for the use of a drone-mounted camera over private property.

“The state should not be attempting to get into your private business and see things you’re doing, kind of respect your right to privacy,” said Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington), “unless they have some cause to believe that you’re engaging criminal activity.”
The bill also limits other forms of digital information gathering and one opponent worried that it goes too far.

“I am not interested in, in advance, limiting the effectiveness of law enforcement,” said Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis). “I’m sorry; I think that’s something we should not engage in.”

The drone bill now goes to the state Senate for further consideration.

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