Rick Scott, Limits the Use of Drones in Florida
On Thursday, Rick Scott, Gov. Florida signed a bill on how to protect the citizens from the use of unwarranted drones in surveillance. There was a need to approve the unwarranted surveillance act before the state and local law enforcement agencies start using the drones.
There were few exceptions in the act including any damage to property or life and any terrorist attack by the Intelligence team of federal Department of Homeland Security,
In regards to the bill passed by the state lawmakers this year, Rick said, “It maintains a balance between the need for law enforcement to protect our citizens against credible threats and imminent danger while ensuring that the privacy of Florida families is protected.” The bill was supported by both conservative Republicans and the American Civil Liberties Union.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Miami-Dade Police department in Florida had two drones each. Detective Roy Rutland said that the backpack-size Honeywell T-Hawks by Miami-Dade have been helpful in training exercises until now.
As the UAVs are much cheaper and highly advanced now, their use has become more divisive. A UAV hovering over any home is not a fantasy any more. The use has been subjected to issues including their use in overseas war and the affect on the U.S. air traffic.
ACLU said that other states are working on the restriction of drones for domestic use. During a hearing in US last month, drones made many senators worried and astounded. However, there was a need of advanced protective policies for the citizen’s safety.
During a conference, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont started his speech holding a 2-pound plane in his hand. He said, “I am convinced that the domestic use of drones to conduct surveillance and collect other information will have a broad and significant impact on the everyday lives of millions of Americans.”
The lightweight cameras can be adjusted on the small aircraft to carry out search operations. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the panel mentioned that emergence of UAVs might need officials to come up with new definition of this investigation, since the search is banned according to Fourth Amendment of Constitution.
He said that, “The thought of government drones buzzing overhead monitoring the activities of law-abiding citizens runs contrary to the notion of what it means to live in a free society.”