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Published March 12, 2013, 09:48 PM

ND Considers Regulation of Drone Use

North Dakota State Legislators are deciding if they should be one of the first states to regulate the use of drones. The first ever arrest made with the assistance of a drone in the nation was last year to capture Rodney Brossart.

North Dakota State Legislators are deciding if they should be one of the first states to regulate the use of drones. The first ever arrest made with the assistance of a drone in the nation was last year to capture Rodney Brossart.

Representative Rick Becker proposed a bill that requires a search warrant if a drone is used to do surveillance on a person. But at a hearing Tuesday, he was the only person who spoke in favor of the bill.

Becker: "It says under section three in the bill you do not need to obtain a search warrant for testing, training, research and so forth.

Mel: Many who oppose this bill believe the law could drastically impact the state's chances of becoming test site for UAS.

Rep. Curt Kreun: "The FAA wants to test UAS integration in national airspace where it's embraced, not hindered."

Grand Forks leaders believe this bill sends the wrong message to the FAA.

Mike Moore, UND: "It limits our ability to fully use and it places a flag on our proposal where we are limited to how we can use UAS."

Representative Becker doesn't see the opposing side and says there are no negative drawbacks.

Becker: "As hard as I might I was not able to find how this could have an adverse consequence for UND or North Dakota."

The majority want lawmakers to study the idea for the next legislative session.

Kreun: "Negative publicity can hurt this application, it's very sensitive."

The FAA is expected to make their selection by the end of the year.

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