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Virginia Senate Passes Two-Year Moratorium On Drones

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A two-year moratorium on the use of drones in Virginia by police and government agencies is now in the hands of Gov. Bob McDonnell.

The state Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass the moratorium legislation. It prohibits the use of drones in the state, but provides exceptions in case of emergency, to search for missing children or seniors and for National Guard training.

Lawmakers initially considered regulating drones, but settled on the moratorium to allow more time to study the issue. Proponents of the legislation say the unrestricted use of the small, unmanned aircraft for surveillance could infringe on Virginians' privacy rights.

Organizations that supported the bill include the ACLU, the Tea Party Patriots Federation and agriculture groups.

Several law enforcement organizations opposed the measure.

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