PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 30, 2016) – A Rhode Island bill that would restrict the use of drones by state and local law enforcement had its first committee hearing this week. The legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, but would also help thwart the federal surveillance state.
Rep. Blake Filippi introduced House Bill 8066 (H8066) on April 13. The legislation would prohibit state and local law enforcement from gathering evidence or other information with a drone without obtaining a court order in most cases. The bill would also restrict the retention and sharing of information gathered with a drone, and would place a blanket prohibition on weaponizing drones.
The House Judiciary Committee held its hearing