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Unmanned drone legislation clears a hurdle in Tallahassee

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TALLAHASSEE, FL -

Legislation that would ban police in Florida from using unmanned small surveillance devices or drones, unless there is a warrant, cleared its second committee in Tallahassee Wednesday.

The legislators express concerns over protecting liberties.

"Can you imagine if King George had sent a drone to hover over the Boston Tea Party to see what the American patriots were up to. It's not what this country's founded on," Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, the bill's sponsor said about using the drones.

Some police officers appreciate the efficiency of the devices.

"It is a lot cheaper for us to put a drone up that can do the same job as a helicopter," said Captain Mike Fewless, Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Negron said he worries about the average citizens.

"Government is there to serve us, to protect us, not to watch us," he said.

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