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Senate bill would expand federal counter-drone powers, including at local ‘mass gatherings’

Tuesday, June 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
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A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Monday that would give the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security powers to act against drones deemed a threat, including those at large gatherings in local communities, if federal authorities are invited by a state’s governor or attorney general.

The proposal expands on a request from the Trump administration to, in some cases, free Justice and Homeland Security officials from legal prohibitions on intercepting communications or “sabotaging” aircraft. Those laws were written before drones were as cheap, powerful and commonplace as they are today.

The restrictions have frustrated federal authorities, major league sports officials and others as the number of drones flown over public and private facilities has grown. Last week, the administration backed 10 pilot projects to promote uses for drones, from monitoring crops to delivering packages and emergency defibrillators.

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