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Hawaii bill would ban police drone use without a warrant

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By MARINA RIKER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill to ban police from using drones to gather evidence without a warrant.

The bill would make exceptions for emergency situations like searches and rescues. It would also set rules for civilians who would be banned from flying drones within 5 miles of an airport or above 400 feet.

The proposed law would also make it illegal to use drones to collect personal information without consent.

Legislators say recreational and commercial use of drones, also known as unmanned aerial systems, has taken off in Hawaii. And they say new rules are needed to regulate how they're used.

Nationwide, 45 states considered bills while 20 passed laws relating to drones last year. Over a dozen states have passed laws that address how police use drones.

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