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Governor Vetoes California’s Drone Bill

Sep 11, 2015  •  Post A Comment

California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a veto this week after a bill passed the state Legislature that was designed to protect the privacy of citizens against intrusions by drones.

“The bill would have allowed property owners to file trespassing charges against drone operators who flew their unmanned aircraft less than 350 feet above their property,” The Hill reports.

Brown said in a statement released in connection with the veto Wednesday night that the measure “could expose the occasional hobbyist and the FAA-approved commercial users alike to burdensome litigation and new causes of action.”

Brown added that the intention of the bill was good, the report notes.

“The decision is a win for the drone industry as well as news outlets that had pressed the governor to block the legislation,” the story reports, adding: “The Consumer Electronic Association said it was pleased with the outcome.”

The report notes that the CEA, which includes drone stakeholders among its membership, predicts that the drone industry could impact the California economy to the tune of $14 billion once the Federal Aviation Administration finalizes commercial regulations.

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