A bill that would regulate the use of unmanned aerial drones was defeated Friday in the North Dakota Senate.
Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, was the prime sponsor of House Bill 1373, which would require a search warrant by law enforcement to use drones in the surveillance of civilians. Becker said commonsense regulations to protect citizens are important to enact as the technology advances.
Opponents argued that the issue required more study. They also worried about the impact on the University of North Dakota’s unmanned aircraft program. UND is pursuing efforts to become one of six Federal Aviation Administration drone test sites nationally.