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Lawmakers voted Thursday to remove some restrictions they created last year on how police may use aerial drones.

The Senate passed HB296 on a 26-0 vote, and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.

It would allow police to use drones without first obtaining a search warrant for search-and-rescue operations in areas where privacy is not expected, such as in public forests and lands.

It would also allow use without a warrant for training in areas limited to three square miles where there are no occupied structures.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Scott Sandall, R-Tremonton, has said Box Elder County is building a training range for drones, but found police statewide had little interest in it or drones because a search warrant is normally required for their use — so he introduced his bill.

— Lee Davidson