SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday extending state drone regulations to private craft.
Supporters say the measure ensures citizens’ expectations of privacy.
Drones are unmanned aircraft that can be used for surveillance.
Lawmakers adopted a plan last year to regulate drones owned by law enforcement agencies to protect privacy.
The American Civil Liberties Union argued that the law needed to cover all drones because more and more private operators are conducting surveillance.
The law ensures that police agencies cannot hire private operators to do surveillance.
Governor Pat Quinn also signed legislation Friday that supporters say will strengthen state child-protective services.
One bolsters child-safety plans composed by the Department of Children and Family Services. Deerfield Democratic Senator Julie Morrison says her initiative gives DCFS the ability to move a child to the home of a relative when there is an allegation of abuse or neglect that doesn’t yet warrant state custody or foster care.
Another is meant to stop what Morrison calls a “disturbing trend” — parents who give up custody of their children because they can’t get proper mental health treatment. The measure allows parents to get state assistance for treatment when their private insurance won’t pay any more and they earn too much to receive Medicaid.
Actions outside of school now are included in Illinois’ ban on student cyber bullying. It prohibits bullying of students via electronic technology even when they’re not in school, and applies to devices that aren’t owned or used by a school.
Quinn also signed legislation lowering certain hunting and fishing licenses to one dollar for Illinois residents younger than 75.