- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Police who want to use aerial drones to keep tabs on a Rhode Islander would have to follow strict rules under legislation being considered by state lawmakers.

The bill from Democratic state Rep. Teresa Tanzi would require law enforcement agencies to hold public hearings before acquiring a drone aircraft. The agency would need the approval of local leaders, or, in the case of a state agency, the governor.

Finally, the agency would have to consult with the state attorney general and get court approval before using the drone in specific investigations. Drones would also be prohibited from carrying weapons.

States around the country are increasingly considering rules for unmanned aircraft as the technology becomes more widely available.

No vote on Tanzi’s bill has been scheduled.