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Alabama Drone Task Force established by Gov. Bentley

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The popularity of unmanned drones is on the rise, and Alabama is working to stay ahead of the curve with the creation of the Alabama Drone Task Force.

Governor Robert Bentley created the task force Friday in order to review requirements for the state's potential use of the crafts in the areas of agriculture, conservation and law enforcement.

"I believe drone use can benefit the state now and for generations to come, because drones offer many advantages to help our farmers and law enforcement agencies be successful," Governor Bentley said. "

The task force will be made up of five members and will include including Agriculture and Industries Commissioner John McMillian, Transportation Director John Cooper, Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Gunter Guy, and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier, and Montgomery Airport Authority Board Member Jimmy Reynolds.

McMillian will serve as chair of the task force, which will review requirements for drone use as set by the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA.

The governor wants a statewide management plan by January 15, 2015.

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