Senate bill restricts drone use

Unmanned aircraft systems, commonly called drones, are becoming an increasingly common site in Hawaii skies. But if Senate Bill 2608 becomes law many drones will be grounded.

“This bill is intended to provide a tool for law enforcement and for data gathering, primarily for law enforcement. It’s not intended to be a drone in every garage,” Sen. Clayton Hee said.

He introduced the measure that restricts drone use primarily to law enforcement. It is being challenged by those who believe the legislation is too restrictive.

“Our biggest concern is it appears to prohibit all use of unmanned aerial aircraft or unmanned aerial vehicles with the exception of police use with a warrant,” said Mark Fox, The Nature Conservancy’s director of external affairs.

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