Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said he is still undecided on whether he will sign legislation banning state and local agencies from using drones for two years.
The General Assembly already passed this bill with bipartisan support and if McDonnell signs the legislation, Virginia would be the first state to enact such a law.
“The governor will review these bills when they reach his desk and consult with the appropriate parties on both sides of this issue before making a decision on what action he will take,” McDonnell spokesman Paul Logan told POLITICO.
Back in May, McDonnell said on a WTOP radio show that he supported local police agencies using military-style drones for law enforcement, according to Politico.
But as legal questions surrounding drones move to the forefront of national discussion, many believe public opinion will ultimately influence McDonnell to sign the bill.
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