Florida among 9 states proposing restrictions on use of drones by police

This undated photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows an unmanned drone used to patrol the U.S.-Canadian border. A freshman lawmaker from North Dakota says he plans to introduce a bill that would limit the use of unmanned aerial systems for law enforcement, following the highly publicized case of a Lakota farmer who was arrested after a 16-hour standoff with police. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

This undated photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows an unmanned drone used to patrol the U.S.-Canadian border. A freshman lawmaker from North Dakota says he plans to introduce a bill that would limit the use of unmanned aerial systems for law enforcement, following the highly publicized case of a Lakota farmer who was arrested after a 16-hour standoff with police. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

HELENA, Mont. — Lawmakers in nine states, including Florida, are looking at plans to restrict the use of drones over their skies amid concerns the unmanned aerial vehicles could be exploited to spy on Americans.

The American Civil Liberties Union says state legislators are proposing various restrictions on the new technology.

The Montana Senate looked at two bills Tuesday that hinder the use of drones, most often associated with overseas wars.

The chamber is preparing to give initial approval to one bill that bans information collected by drones from being used in court. It also would bar local and state government ownership of drones equipped with weapons.

The ACLU says the nine states are Oregon, California, Montana, Texas, Nebraska, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia and Florida.

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