Breaking News Bar
updated: 5/31/2013 7:02 PM

Lawmakers send drone bill to Quinn

Success - Article sent! close
Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois lawmakers have approved a plan that would regulate the use of drones by law enforcement agencies statewide.

Senators approved it Friday. It goes to Gov. Pat Quinn. He hasn't indicated whether he'll sign it.

Drones are highly-sophisticated, unmanned aircraft that authorities are considering for aerial surveillance.

Sen. Daniel Biss is a bill sponsor. The Evanston Democrat has said that the proposal helps keep people's reasonable expectation of privacy.

The bill would require police to obtain a search warrant before using a drone to collect information.

The legislation includes few exceptions, including when the Department of Homeland Security determines such surveillance is needed to prevent a terrorist attack. Other exceptions would be cases of imminent danger or preventing a prisoner escape.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.