Florida’s Battle Over DeSantis’ Chinese Drone Ban
Florida lawmakers have allocated $25 million to aid Police in replacing their aerial drone fleets following Governor Ron DeSantis’ administration’s Chinese drone ban, that prohibits local governments from using Chinese-made drones earlier this year.
Law enforcement agencies can now apply for funding to replace these drones, which will subsequently be handed over to the Florida Center for Cybersecurity at the University of South Florida for security risk analysis.
“We want to start over with drones to make sure they’re securely safe,” stated Senator Doug Broxson, R-Gulf Breeze, the Senate’s appropriations chairperson.
This agreement aims to resolve a rare disagreement between DeSantis and Florida police, who have strongly opposed the administration rule implemented last month, banning state agencies and local governments from using non-approved drones due to potential security risks.
Police from across Florida argued in March that the Chinese-made drones,…