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House Approves Drone Regulations for First Time

House Approves Drone Regulations for First Time

HARTFORD — The state House of Representatives voted Friday night to ban the use of weapons carried by drones in a move to regulate a new form of technology.

By a vote of 131 to 14, with six members absent, the House approved the bipartisan measure that allows police to use drones under specific circumstances. Guidelines regarding the use of drones and retaining the videotapes will be crafted by a police council and the chief state's attorney's office.

With the viral video of a gun-firing drone making national headlines, Connecticut advocates were re-energized to pass a law that would ban such weapons.

The bill, which now goes to the state Senate, creates a new...