Connecticut again weighs regulating police drones

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For the fourth year in a row, Connecticut legislators have introduced a bill seeking to regulate police use of drones.

In 2014, the bill failed to make it out of committee. One year after that, it passed the state Senate but wasn’t heard in the House of Representatives before the session was over. Last year, the opposite was true.

“This year, bills will need strong bipartisan support to pass,” said David McGuire, executive director of the Connecticut chapter of the ACLU and a strong supporter of the bill’s language. “Historically, this bill has had support from Democrats and Republicans. I think the fourth time’s the charm here.”

If passed, Raised House Bill No. 7260, introduced by the Judiciary Committee, would require police to get a warrant prior to conducting surveillance of individuals or private property except in certain cases,

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