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Legislature considers rules for police drones

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Predator B drone flies over an undisclosed location in this undated photograph. Customs and Border Protection has been flying drones over the Arizona desert and southwest border with Mexico since 2006 and will soon deploy one in North Dakota to patrol the Canadian border as well. To match feature USA-SECURITY/DRONES REUTERS/General Atomics Aeronautical Systems/Handout (UNITED STATES).
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Predator B drone flies over an undisclosed location in this undated photograph. Customs and Border Protection has been flying drones over the Arizona desert and southwest border with Mexico since 2006 and will soon deploy one in North Dakota to patrol the Canadian border as well. To match feature USA-SECURITY/DRONES REUTERS/General Atomics Aeronautical Systems/Handout (UNITED STATES).

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Four state lawmakers from both parties will unveil a new bill today to ban the use of drones in Wisconsin. Assembly Republican Tyler August of Lake Geneva says the measure would generally prohibit law enforcement and others from using drones equipped with video-or-audio equipment, or those that use weapons. August says the bill is designed to protect people’s privacy in the face of new technology.

The measure would also specify that law enforcement can use drones only for manhunts and other legitimate purposes. Current laws do not spell out such rules.

Assembly Republican David Craig of Big Bend and Democrats Fred Kessler of Milwaukee and Chris Taylor of Madison will join August in unveiling their legislation at a late morning news conference.

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