Gov. Rick Scott signs law limiting use of drones in Florida

Gov. Rick Scott signs the surveillance bill as Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, left, and Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, look on, on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Tallahassee. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

Gov. Rick Scott signs the surveillance bill as Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, left, and Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, look on, on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Tallahassee. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

TALLAHASSEE— Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a measure that limits law enforcement agencies' use of the remotely controlled aircraft known as drones.

The new law (SB 92) was signed on Thursday. It restricts the use of drones to the prevention of imminent danger to life — a kidnapping or a missing child — or serious damage to property.

It also makes police get search warrants before using drones to collect evidence. An exception would be a credible threat of terrorist attack.

Only three Florida law enforcement agencies are currently licensed by the federal government to fly drones but none are yet using them.

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