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Associated Press, Published March 15 2013

ND Senate kills bill aimed at limiting drone use

BISMARCK — North Dakota's Senate on Friday killed a House bill that would have required a warrant to use unmanned planes.

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

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

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

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