N.J. considers regulation of drone use

A New Jersey Senate committee has advanced legislation that would set standards for using drones in the Garden State.

Sen. Nick Sacco says guidelines are needed to prevent potential abuses of the technology involved in deploying the unmanned aerial vehicles.

“A drone can be a very valuable tool in law enforcement, but it has to have a valid reason to be used. It can’t be used for incidental reasons,” said Sacco, D-Hudson. “Let’s say a drone picks up information on something else, it can’t be allowed.”

A bill Sacco is sponsoring would require any agency using drones to show there are reasonable grounds for doing so. The drones cannot be armed.

Records documenting how often and why the drones are used would have to be submitted every year to the state attorney general, under terms of the legisaltion.

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