A bill to ban government spying with aerial drones flew into turbulence Tuesday, grounding debate while supporters answer questions including whether someone can legally shoot at a drone hovering in their backyard.
"I think that's legal in rural Utah," Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, said only half-jokingly. "If there's flying thing in your backyard and it's coming down and looking in your windows and taking pictures of things in your house, how is that any different than a burglar in your backyard?"
Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, sponsor of SB167, has said the measure would allow law-enforcement agencies to use drones for surveillance on someone only when they have a warrant. It has exceptions for life-threatening situations and emergencies such asin the event of an earthquake or flood.