• July 2, 2022

California Bans Use of Surveillance Drones Without Warrant

The California State Senate has approved a bill that will drastically restrict how law enforcement agencies from San Diego to San Francisco can use unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for policing purposes.

AFP Photo/Boris Horvat
AFP Photo/Boris Horvat

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 25-8 in favor of the legislation, AB 1327, setting it on course to go before the State Assembly once more for final approval of new amendments tacked on since lawmakers in that chamber last saw the bill in late January and passed it by a margin of 59-5.

“The potential for abuse of drones is high and we need to be vigilant to ensure our Constitutional rights are protected,” the bill’s co-author, Democratic Senator Ted Lieu, told Reuters.

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