ORLANDO, Fla. — It used to be illegal for Florida law enforcement to use drones with intent to surveil crowds or gather evidence.

This is no longer the case.

What You Need To Know

A new Florida law expands the use of drones for law enforcement and other first responders
Civil liberty advocates are concerned about how drones would be used to surveil rallies and marches 
The controversy is related to HB 1, informally called the ‘anti-riot’ bill, which DeSantis backed

On June 29, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 44 into law, expanding law enforcement agencies’ authorized use of drones.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican state Sen. Tom Wright, said the inexpensive technology will make fighting crime easier while saving resources and lives.

“If this can reduce high-speed chases and still fight crime, if it could save lives, then that’s worth it right there,” said Wright, whose district spans parts of Volusia and Brevard counties. Read More

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