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Published January 28, 2013, 12:58 PM

North Dakota bill sets rules for law enforcement drone use

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck lawmaker doesn't want law enforcement to use unmanned planes to spy on citizens unless a warrant is obtained.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck lawmaker doesn't want law enforcement to use unmanned planes to spy on citizens unless a warrant is obtained.

Republican state Rep. Rick Becker told the House Judiciary Committee on Monday that the measure is not anti-law enforcement. He says it's about protecting privacy rights.

Jerry Kemmet of the North Dakota Peace Officers Association opposes the idea and called for more study. He says banning the use of drones limits law enforcement.

University of North Dakota Vice President for Research Phyllis Johnson also opposes the bill. Johnson says the legislation could have a negative impact on drone research at UND. She says it may prevent North Dakota from being selected as one of six national test sites under consideration by the federal government.

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