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Legislation restricting drone aircraft on Governor's desk


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- One of the many bills passed by the State Senate Tuesday would regulate the use of unmanned drone aircraft.

The drones can be utilized for many things, both good and bad. State Senator Jerry Petrowski says this bill helps outline things you can and cannot do with them.  “It kind of defines on where drones can be used and basically when you can expect privacy.”

Drone aircraft can be programmed to deliver goods and services, transport feed and fertilizer to fields, or perform mapping and photographic work. Petrowski says the technology is getting very advanced, so it’s time to have the conversation about what should be regulated.  “It isn’t just like, when you think of a drone, you know, with one propeller on it. Now, they’re kind of like helicopters and maybe have four propellers on and can deliver most anything with these drones, and people are looking at that for the future for delivering things to houses and everything else.”

The bill that passed the Legislature also makes it a felony to use drones as weapons or weapon carriers.

Governor Scott Walker is expected to sign the bill soon.