A controversial bill that would make Connecticut the first state in the nation to permit police to use weaponized drones has stalled.
The measure is being “held” by the legislature’s public safety committee, a parliamentary move that could doom its chances for passage this year.
“Obviously, this particular bill is dead for now,” said Rep. Joe Verrengia, the West Hartford Democrat and co-chairman of the committee. “There were just so many questions that committee members had. It was difficult to find consensus.”
Connecticut has grappled for years with the legal implications associated with the growing use of remote-controlled drones, by both law enforcement and members of the public. The weaponization provision is part of House Bill 7260, a broader proposal that would have set rules regarding the use of these devices.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut backed the underlying legislation until the weaponization provision was slipped in fairly late