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« on: June 24, 2014, 06:41:04 pm »
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Mideast Surveillance Safeguard Act

1. The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by law enforcement shall require a warrant.
2. Any law enforcement agent in the Mideast that utilizes a UAV for any purpose without first obtaining a warrant shall be guilty of a Class A Misdemeanor, which includes a fine of up to $2,000 and up to a year of imprisonment.
3. Any individual that knowingly conspires to utilize UAVs with law enforcement agents without the proper authorization shall also be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
4. Any information gathered by a UAV without a warrant, as well as any information gathered as the result of the use of a UAV without a warrant, shall not be taken into consideration in any civil or criminal court in the Mideast.
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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2014, 06:41:33 pm »
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I see no reason to restrict surveillance of public areas.
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2014, 09:16:06 pm »
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I would support an amendment changing "law enforcement" to something like "regional police forces" or "regional law enforcement."

I'm also concerned about the legal definition of law enforcement. Do we have one?
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2014, 12:09:00 am »
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I would support an amendment changing "law enforcement" to something like "regional police forces" or "regional law enforcement."

I'm also concerned about the legal definition of law enforcement. Do we have one?

I believe that we've referenced law enforcement in previous bills. There's nothing different that separates the definition and their responsibilities from real life from what I know. I like your amendment idea, though, so I'll bring that up right now:

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Mideast Surveillance Safeguard Act

1. The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by regional law enforcement shall require a warrant.
2. Any law enforcement agent in the Mideast that utilizes a UAV for any purpose without first obtaining a warrant shall be guilty of a Class A Misdemeanor, which includes a fine of up to $2,000 and up to a year of imprisonment.
3. Any individual that knowingly conspires to utilize UAVs with law enforcement agents without the proper authorization shall also be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
4. Any information gathered by a UAV without a warrant, as well as any information gathered as the result of the use of a UAV without a warrant, shall not be taken into consideration in any civil or criminal court in the Mideast.
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2014, 10:07:34 pm »
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Why should we restrict surveillance of publicly viewable areas?
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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2014, 01:38:26 am »
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Why should we restrict surveillance of publicly viewable areas?

With the advancement of drone technology, the field opens up more opportunities for law enforcement to use them for surveillance. Much like we've seen with the revelations on the government overseeing all communications, there is opportunity for data mining and collecting profiles of people on all of their activities, from what friends they visit to where they eat out. Information can be gathered and stored away even for those who aren't reported for any suspicious behavior. Police abuse is very real and can be seen across the country, so I believe that it's proper for the Mideast to take action and install some legal safeguards so that instances of abuse can be greatly reduced. I think it's permissible to have some sort of surveillance so long as it's done for a good reason.
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« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2014, 02:21:08 pm »
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I am sympathetic towards the motivations behind this bill. I am, however, concerned that restricting the use of UAVs could negatively affect the effectiveness of the regional law enforcement authorities in certain cases. I just want to ensure that the police are able to obtain a warrant to use UAVs in a reasonable period of time when necessary.
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2014, 02:42:32 pm »
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I am sympathetic towards the motivations behind this bill. I am, however, concerned that restricting the use of UAVs could negatively affect the effectiveness of the regional law enforcement authorities in certain cases. I just want to ensure that the police are able to obtain a warrant to use UAVs in a reasonable period of time when necessary.

Do you have any ideas for amendments in mind that will make you fully comfortable with this bill?
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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2014, 03:14:56 pm »
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I am sympathetic towards the motivations behind this bill. I am, however, concerned that restricting the use of UAVs could negatively affect the effectiveness of the regional law enforcement authorities in certain cases. I just want to ensure that the police are able to obtain a warrant to use UAVs in a reasonable period of time when necessary.

Do you have any ideas for amendments in mind that will make you fully comfortable with this bill?

No, not really to be honest. There's probably no way for us legislators to directly influence how efficiently judges work and issue such warrants.
In short, I am ready to give this bill the benefit of the doubt. If we notice in the future that this bill has a clearly negative impact on the effectiveness of the work done by our law enforcement authorities, we will have to reconsider it, though.
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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2014, 11:50:44 pm »
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What sorts of things are UAV's used for surveillance for currently?
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« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2014, 11:39:17 am »
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What sorts of things are UAV's used for surveillance for currently?

Although they're still mostly for military purposes, there's increasingly more civil uses for them. Policing is a big one; UAVs scout for those who seem out of line and who may be regarded as suspicious by authorities. They may even be used for things such as road patrol, oversight of natural land (such as for valuable energy sources), or filmmaking.

Anyway, I believe that this is long due for a final vote by this point, before the session is adjourned.
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