Bill would restrict use of drones in state
Police would not be able to use drones to gather evidence without warrant
Senate bill 196 that would restrict the use of drones by law enforcement and other groups had a hearing Wednesday.
Lawmakers said it strengthens the Fourth Amendment by banning police from using drones to gather evidence without getting a warrant first.
The bill also prohibits the public from using a drone to record audio and video in areas where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy.
“If you’re at the Badger game, you know you don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy there, but if you’re in your backyard with friends having a barbecue, I think the last think you want to see is a drone floating overhead taking a look at what you’re up to,” Rep. Tyler August, R-Lake Geneva, said.
A vote on the legislation is set for the Government Operations, Public Works and Telecommunications Committee next week.
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