Maine bill seeks to regulate drones

February 27th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

Posted: 11:02 AM
Updated: 11:27 PM

Maine bill seeks to regulate police use of drones

The bill would limit the ability of law enforcement to use drones and require a warrant in most cases.

By Michael Shepherd mshepherd@mainetoday.com
State House Bureau

AUGUSTA — Maine police have yet to launch a drone to gather information from the sky, but the prospect of law enforcement surveillance overhead was enough to prompt a legislative hearing Tuesday on a bill that would regulate drone use.

Christopher Taylor, president and drone designer for Viking Unmanned Aerial Systems, of Limington, talks about his company’s FR-Xtreme drone model, which is on table, on Tuesday at the State House in Augusta.The company’s website calls it a “Vertical Take-Off and Landing Commercial Quad Copter built to serve multiple industries.”

Staff photo by Joe Phelan

State Sen. John Patrick introduces L.D. 236, An Act To Protect the Privacy of Citizens from Domestic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Use, before the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee on Tuesday at the State House in Augusta.

Staff photo by Joe Phelan

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TRACKING USE OF, RESTRICTIONS ON DRONES

• The most popular consumer drone on Amazon.com is the 22-inch-long Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadricopter, available for $295.77 with free shipping. It can be controlled by tilts from a smartphone or tablet, capturing high-definition video and pictures. However, it has only a

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