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House Passes Bill to Regulate Use of Drones

This undated photo provided by the Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff's Department, Deputy Amanda Hill of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado prepares to use a Draganflyer X6 drone equipped with a video camera to help search for a suspec

This undated photo provided by the Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff's Department, Deputy Amanda Hill of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado prepares to use a Draganflyer X6 drone equipped with a video camera to help search for a suspect in a knife attack in Mesa County, Colo. (AP Photo/Mesa County Sheriff's Unmanned Operations Team)

A proposal that would regulate the use of drones by law enforcement agencies in Illinois has cleared the House.

House members voted 105-12 on Thursday. It has to go back to the Senate after some House changes.

Drones are sophisticated, unmanned aircraft that authorities are considering for aerial surveillance.

Rep. Ann Williams is a bill sponsor. The Chicago Democrat says the measure helps keep people's reasonable expectation of privacy.

The proposal would require police to obtain a search warrant before using a drone to collect information. 

The legislation includes few exceptions, including when the Department of Homeland Security determines such surveillance is needed to prevent a terrorist attack. Other exceptions would be cases of imminent danger or preventing a prisoner escape.