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Welch drafts new legislation on drones

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Concerns over drones and your privacy prompted Vermont's Congressman to draft new legislation.

Rep. Peter Welch will introduce the measure next week. The Democrat acknowledges that drones can be valuable tools for law enforcement and homeland security. But he wants more transparency, oversight and would require law enforcement to get warrants before they're used.

"It would require the Federal Aviation Administration to have privacy guidelines. It would require drone operators to list what data they are collecting. We would allow law enforcement to get a warrant. But they have to get one to do surveillance, but would allow exceptions in search and rescue situations," Welch said.

Welch says his bill has broad support.

The FAA estimates that 30,000 drones will be operating in the U.S. over the next 20 years.

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