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Legislature considers rules for police drones

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.