Good news, everyone! It looks like it's going to be a little harder for the government to vaporize you with a drone, thanks to a 39-0 vote by the Florida Senate for SB 92.
Sponsored by Sen. Joe Negron, who is the chamber's appropriations chair, the bill will keep local law enforcement officials from using drones to rain death from above without a warrant.
Unless you're a dirty stinking terrorist. Then all bets are off.
The bill, called "Freedom From Unwarranted Surveillance Act," specifically states that it prohibits "a law enforcement agency from using a drone to gather evidence or other information."
Drones, in case you didn't know, are basically aircraft piloted remotely from a faraway location. The U.S. military has used drones against terrorists and terrorist targets overseas.
The 39-0 vote signals that using American citizens for Al-Qaeda target practice is something that's agreed upon on both sides of the aisle.
Now the bill heads to the House for the final vote, and Gov. Rick Scott has already said he would sign the bill once/if it lands on his desk.
"This law will ensure that the rights of Florida families are protected from the unwarranted use of drones and other unmanned aircraft," Scott said in a statement.
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