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Debate over drones in Vermont

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Some Vermont lawmakers don't want drones violating your privacy.

Supporters of a new bill say the growing number of drones being used around the country by everyone from police to farmers raises critical privacy issues. The bill would require police to get a warrant before using a drone, except in an emergency. It would also prohibit drones with weapons and would limit the use of facial recognition technology.

Sponsors say the issue is far from paranoia.

"It's coming. It's being used in other states, you know other sheriff's departments are using them, other state police agencies are using them, and hopefully using them for the right purpose," said Rep. Kevin Christie, D-Hartford.

Vermont law enforcement agencies like the state police are currently not using drones and say they have no plans to do so. The bill has already been referred to the rules committee and sponsors say it will be considered next session.

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