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Associated Press, Published February 23 2013

ND House endorses aerial drone surveillance bill

BISMARCK β€” North Dakota's House passed a measure Friday that would require a warrant to use unmanned planes for surveillance on citizens.

The measure passed 60-31 and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Republican Rep. Rick Becker says he introduced the bill because of constituent concerns about privacy rights.

The measure would allow law enforcement to use drones if a warrant is obtained during the investigation of a felony crime, or to monitor β€œan environmental or weather-related catastrophe.”

Drones could not be armed with weapons or used to investigate misdemeanor crimes or traffic infractions.